Monday, January 4, 2010

Drunken Angel

Starring - Takashi Shimura as Doctor Sanada, Toshiro Mifune as Matsunaga, Michiyo Kogure as Nanae, Reisaburo Yamamoto as Okada, Chieko Nakakita as Miyo, Eitaro Shindo as Takahama
Directed by - Akira Kurosawa
(1948) - B&W - 100 min

This is a classic movie - by perhaps the greatest filmmaker of all time, Akira Kurosawa. Dr. Sanada, played by Takashi Shimura (the leader in Seven Samurai), treats a petty criminal named Matsunaga (Toshiro Mifune) with tuberculosis, and tries to get him to work at treating his disease (stop drinking, smoking, get some rest, etc.) Meanwhile, another gangster gets out of prison and a feud breaks out between rival factions. A cool look at the underworld in Japan in post WWII, and the courage of a poor doctor, who is trying to cure another human, even if he is a criminal. We regret that the subtitles are difficult to read - but the story is pretty easy to follow.

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