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Phiphi's avatar


I wonder if the dog from the opening scene has died :(

6 years 2 months ago
Abdullah Ozu's avatar

Abdullah Ozu

Kurosawa + Noir = Perfect
7 years 9 months ago
GrooveRemote's avatar


I'm now questioning whether "kaffir" is considered a slur in all places it's used. I know it is in Africa. It's just a little mind-boggling to me that a casual use of the term would get multiple upvotes when the comments on this website usually skew progressive rather than conservative (not that those are blanket terms for non-racist and racist).
2 years 5 months ago
jacktrewin's avatar


this really ought to be in the top 1000 list, kurosawa directs this engrossing story with such artistic flair
7 years 7 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


A film noir in Japanese culture by Akira Kurosawa! What to say? WOW!!! Takashi Shimura-SAN teaching in movies and life Toshir├┤ Mifune! Simply amazing!
9 years 8 months ago
Paper_Okami's avatar


One of the greatest crime films ever... One of Kurosawa's 8 or so masterpieces imo.
10 years 7 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


In 1949, Kurosawa was still interested in post-war Japan, and the subtext in Stray Dog even becomes text, at one point. Toshir┼Ź Mifune plays a rookie police detective who gets his gun stolen and crushed by guilt when it is used in violent crimes, partners up with Takashi Shimura's older and wiser policeman to recover it before all its bullets are spent. Interestingly, the cop and the criminal share an origin story as well as a gun, but one chose law, the other, crime. That shared guilt is perhaps Japan's, a Japan at a crossroads between peace and violence, and the final showdown is really about a man facing his darker self, which he nevertheless has empathy for. Kurosawa even plays with mirroring in his camera work. Stray Dog manifests the lead's anxiety in three very clever ticking clocks. One is the seven bullets we know the crook might use. Another is the baseball game, which builds tension for the capture of a person of interest. And the most omnipresent of course is the heat wave, which adds extra pressure, only occasionally relieved by a rain storm, and that rain storm is a moment of madness that brings with it as much chaos as it does freedom. I half expected the gun to fall from the sky like it does in Magnolia.
1 year 6 months ago
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Gilles Debil

Difficult to see mifune as something else but a samurai.
1 year 6 months ago
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