The Film “Stray Dog” and a Look at Post War Japan


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The Film "Stray Dog" and a Look at Post War Japan
Partnerships between actors and directors have always been at the heart of contemporary cinema. One of the first, and best in the Post War period was between Toshiro Mifune and Akira Kurosawa. Stray Dog (Kurosawa, Akira, 1949) was a brilliant example of this. Made in 1949, Stray Dog tells the story of Murakami, a young greenhorn Detective (Mifune) who has just had his colt pistol stolen while riding on a crowded bus and who is determined to recover it any cost. With brilliant character actors like Takashi Shimura as Detective Sato, who mentors the anguished Murakami as they hunt for the weapon, Kurosawa does a remarkable job of contrasting character and demonstrating the breadth of Japanese...
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..... 1949, would likely never have believed it was possible for the Japanese to be anything but bloodthirsty, Emperor-worshipping war criminals obsessed with a Samurai code of honor. What Kurosawa gives viewers here is a contemporary look at a nation of ordinary people facing the same problems, pretty crime and the more extreme kind, all through the steely conscience of a cop determined to make a mistake that falls on him right, even at the risk of his own life.
Kurosawa, A., Mifune, T. o., Shimura, T., Miyoshi, E., Sengoku, N., Awaji, K., . . . Home Vision Entertainment (Firm). (2004). Norainu Stray dog. Criterion collection 233 [videorecording =]. [United States?]: Criterion Collection : Distributed by Home Vision Entertainment,.