Stray Dog ( Nora inu ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 2182

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 34

Theatrical Release Date: 10/17/1949

Language: Japanese

Genre: Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Actors: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Eiko Miyoshi, Noriko Sengoku, Fumiko Honma

Plot: A post war (WW2) look at Tokyo, Japan through the events surrounding a police detective, searching for a killer, and his stolen gun. -- MaceeRae

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mitchellyoung - wrote on 02/02/2013

Kurosawa's strong visual story-telling is on early display in this detective thriller. The film's more procedural elements tend to drag, at times, as Kurosawa hasn't quite settled into his usual masterful storytelling, but there are some shots and moments that are so dynamic they stand out. It's an interesting, though sometimes uneven film, with a strong moral message and great character acting from its cast.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 04/19/2012

A very young looking Toshiro Mifune plays a fresh young police officer who becomes increasingly obsessive when tracking down his stolen gun when it is used in a series of violent crimes. Kurosawa's low key detective thriller borrows heavily from contemporary noir, and uses that influence to contrast the hardship and poverty of post war Japan with the urban glamour and decadence of it's American counterpart. It's an interesting snapshot of the Japan of the period, often shot in a documentary style although I did feel a lot of the somewhat unnecessary background detail did interfere with the narrative pacing, slowing things down considerably. His usual strong moral message is also in evidence, as he shows the criminal and detective as both sides of the same coin, a theme that has recurred …

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