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"Stray Dog" (1949)


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Friday night watched the 1949 Akira Kurosawa film noir "Stray Dog" on TFO.

 

Excellent film and glad I caught it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stray_Dog_%28film%29

 

TFO is a French-language channel in Ontario, Canada, and so they aired the film with French subtitles:

http://www1.tfo.org/cine/horaire-tfo/chien-enrage

 

The French title for the film is "Chien enragé."

 

Good stuff... I know it's been aired on TCM in the past, but others might like to see this flick too, so hopefully TCM will have it on again in future...

 

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> {quote:title=RMeingast wrote:}{quote}Friday night watched the 1949 Akira Kurosawa film noir "Stray Dog" on TFO.

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> Excellent film and glad I caught it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stray_Dog_%28film%29

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> TFO is a French-language channel in Ontario, Canada, and so they aired the film with French subtitles:

> http://www1.tfo.org/cine/horaire-tfo/chien-enrage

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> The French title for the film is "Chien enragé."

>

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> Good stuff... I know it's been aired on TCM in the past, but others might like to see this flick too, so hopefully TCM will have it on again in future...

>

I'd definitely second that Stray Dog recommendation. Along with Drunken Angel, it's one of the best Kurosawa / Mifune collaborations from the immediate postwar period, also featuring another great Japanese star, Takashi Shimura. The entire movie centers around a police detective's attempt to retrieve a gun that was stolen from him on a trolley on a hot Summer afternoon, and before it's over we've been given a tour of what seems like the entire Tokyo underworld on the street level. TCM showed it during the Kurosawa retrospective in 2010, and it deserves a repeat.

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I love STRAY DOG, which captures the whole sense of cultural dislocation after Japan lost the war and was subject to a military occupation. The pickpocket's accomplice used to ride the subway in a kimono, but now she wears Western clothes. There's a great variety of Western music on the soundtrack, and notice the African-American soldiers in one scene, whose presence would represent a huge cultural shock to the Japanese.

 

 

The final confrontation of policeman and criminal is shot in broad daylight, not at all what you would expect, with someone playing a beautiful piano sonata in a nearby house. This is an extraordinary film, which I hope TCM will show again.

 

 

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