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Nora inu

Akira Kurosawa Japan, 1949

NCMBianchi's rating of the film Stray Dog

Similarly to a movie that was shot 17 years later - Oshima's "Violence at noon" - Kurosawa wants to depict the emotional and moral breakdown that some people suffered from following to WWII and its end. Mifune's detective is vivid - as much as Shimura's character is well controlled and magnetic - and the only difference between him and the main antagonist is in how they reacted to challenges. Visual movement is key.