Stray Dog Film Still

Stray Dog

Akira Kurosawa

 
Stray Dog (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

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  • Japan
  • 1949
  • 122 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  
  • Spine #233

A bad day gets worse for young detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo’s sweltering streets for the stray dog whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, cop and criminal’s lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami’s own dark side. Starring Toshiro Mifune, as the rookie cop, and Takashi Shimura, as the seasoned detective who keeps him on the right side of the law, Stray Dog (Nora Inu) goes beyond a crime thriller, probing the squalid world of postwar Japan and the nature of the criminal mind.

Cast

MurakamiToshiro Mifune
SatoTakashi Shimura
YusaIsao Kimura
HarumiKeiko Awaji
HondoReisaburo Yamamoto
GirlNoriko Sengoku
Girl's motherEiko Miyoshi
IchikawaReikichi Kawamura
Theater managerYunosuke Ito
Stage directorMinoru Chiaki
NakashimaMasao Shimizu
Yusa's sisterFumiko Honma
Yusa's brother-in-lawEijiro Tono
Drinking-stall ownerKatsuhei Matsumoto
Kogetsu Hotel managerIida Choko
OginTeruko Kishi
Yayoi Hotel managerIchiro Sugai

Credits

DirectorAkira Kurosawa
Assistant directorIshiro Honda
WritersRyuzo Kikushima and Akira Kurosawa
ProducerSojiro Motogi
EditingToshio Goto and Yoshi Sugihara
CinematographyAsakazu Nakai
Art directorSo Matsuyama
Assistant art directorYoshiro Muraki
MusicFumio Hayasaka
SoundFumio Yanoguchi
Sound effectsIchiro Minawa
LightingChoshiro Ishii

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
  • Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, a 32-minute documentary on the making of Stray Dog
  • A printed booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and an excerpt from Kurosawa’s autobiography, Something Like an Autobiography, in which he discusses the production of Stray Dog
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by William Logan

Film Essays

Stray Dog: Kurosawa Comes of Age

By Terrence Rafferty May 24, 2004

Stray Dog, the ninth film directed by Akira Kurosawa, is a detective story that’s also meant to function as a commentary on the desperate social conditions of postwar Japan: a kind of neorealist . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Excess in Stray Dog

By Chris Fujiwara May 24, 2004

Stray Dog is above all a film of atmosphere. The film establishes right away that it’s hot in Tokyo, and never lets us forget it for a second. By piling on naturalistic details to keep the heat . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Stray Dog: Kurosawa Comes of Age

By Terrence Rafferty May 24, 2004

Stray Dog, the ninth film directed by Akira Kurosawa, is a detective story that’s also meant to function as a commentary on the desperate social conditions of postwar Japan: a kind of neorealist . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Excess in Stray Dog

By Chris Fujiwara May 24, 2004

Stray Dog is above all a film of atmosphere. The film establishes right away that it’s hot in Tokyo, and never lets us forget it for a second. By piling on naturalistic details to keep the heat . . . Read more »

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