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Kurosawa + Noir = Perfect
Four Years Ago;On The Beach of Jima;Now In Stray Dog;Fuck This Shit
Like Kurosawa said himself, Stray Doge is a very technical movie. According to The Emperor the movie really hasn't much to say, but I think it had some nice themes and poetic stuff to chew on, but it could have used some editing. Especially in the beginning and in the middle. Some parts dragged a tad. Definitely not Kurosawa's strongest, but still really great.
I really like how the whole story revolves around a single item, that almost grows into mythical proportions. And aside from that, great acting and characters. It is rare to see the main character driven purely by sense of honor and duty, instead by some overused shit like money or love. Touches of Kurosawa's brilliance are abound.
Aaand this has been copied so many times. One that sprung to my mind is Se7en. The main characters, if not exactly alike, are really close. This one isn't for everyone, not for kaffirs, probably only for those who enjoy early Kurosawa and want to see his works with Mifune. Truly a nice setup for things to come.
I wonder if the dog from the opening scene has died :(
A film noir in Japanese culture by Akira Kurosawa! What to say? WOW!!! Takashi Shimura-SAN teaching in movies and life Toshirô Mifune! Simply amazing!
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This movie ranks #11 in Kinema Junpo Top Japanese Films
This movie ranks #93 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
This movie ranks #175 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #259 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #321 in Doubling the Canon
This movie ranks #331 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films