NOIR CITY 12: DRUNKEN ANGEL / STRAY DOG
Sunday, January 26: Japan
The price of admission gets you into the full double bill.
DRUNKEN ANGEL (YOIDORE TENSHI)
(1948, Japan, 102 min., English subtitles)
Scr. Keinosuke Uekusa and Akira Kurosawa. Dir. Akira Kurosawa
An alcoholic doctor and a tubercular gangster forge an unexpected friendship after the doctor saves the callow crook's life, but the return of a criminal comrade sparks a tragic turn. Toshiro Mifune explodes off the screen in his first film for Kurosawa. Costarring Takashi Shimura.
STRAY DOG (NORA INU)
(1949, Japan, 122 min., English subtitles)
Scr. Ryuzo Kikushima and Akira Kurosawa. Dir. Akira Kurosawa
A young policeman is disgraced when his gun is stolen on the subway. With the help of a veteran cop he hunts the culprit through the Tokyo underworld. A riveting thriller and vividly wrought portrait of post-Hiroshima Japan. Mifune and Shimura are reunited as the dogged cops.
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