Directed by Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1949
Starring Toshirō Mifune, Takashi Shimura
35mm. Approx. 122 min.
General Admission: $10 • Student/Senior: $8 • JASGP Member: Free.
Presented in Japanese with English subtitles
As the Tokyo Metropolitan Police struggle to rebuild order out of the chaos of Japanese defeat in WWII, a rookie detective (Mifune) loses his police-issued pistol, only to find that it has been used as a murder weapon. He sets out on a personal vendetta to solve the crime committed with his own gun in a Japanese noir film that explores the underbelly of postwar Japanese society. True to the reality of its era, Stray Dog includes scenes shot via hidden camera in Tokyo’s most notorious black market.
Funding for this program was provided by The Japan Foundation, New York and is presented in partnership by Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and Lightbox Film Center.