Tuesday, September 1, 2015
STRAY DOG (1949)
STRAY DOG is an interesting film. It's pretty cool seeing Kurosawa's take on the police procedural film noir genre (my favorite is still T-MEN), but STRAY DOG is simply too long (the black market montage and the interview scenes towards the end should have been trimmed down) and the script is clumsy at times. Most notably...the borrowed gun moment was totally unneeded. That said, it's still a good film that's definitely worth a viewing. Good acting, fair script, nice cinematography, probably around 20 minutes too long, a young Isao Kimura. Also this is the first of nine writing collaborations between Akira Kurosawa and the very talented Ryuzo Kikushima. Eleven if you count TORA! TORA! TORA! and RUNAWAY TRAIN.