Stray Dog (野良犬 Nora Inu): During an unusually hot summer in post-WWII Japan, a young homicide detective loses his pistol, leading him on a frantic search to find the person who stole it. A legendary film by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, considered his first of many Master works.
Memorable atmosphere and superb acting from Kurosawa regular lead, Toshirô Mifune. The postwar mood in Japan is explored through beautiful black and white imagery, influence from both the American Film Noir of the period, with a touch of Italian Neo-Realism.
A landmark film for the Detective genre. A precursor to the later popular “buddy cop” films. A crime film that relies on much more than an excellent story and plot structure, a postcard from a period of great hardship in Japanese history.
Stray Dog Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Gen Shimizu, Keiko Awaji