In this powerful early noir from the great Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune bursts onto the screen as a volatile, tubercular criminal who strikes up an unlikely relationship with Takashi Shimura’s jaded physician.
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Un film noir d'une tonalité originale : Kurosawa y tourne en dérision les "codes moraux" des yakuzas, totalement inopérants face à la maladie. Seule la médecine peut vaincre, à condition de suivre les consignes. Mais encore faudrait-il arrêter de se croire supérieur aux autres ! Et au milieu des futiles guerres de clans, la grande mare d'eau polluée symbolise fort bien la décrépitude morale ambiante.
Incroyable la transformation de l'acteur (malade) TOSHIRO MIFUNE! Un film de grande qualité, dans un quartier en perdition, dans lequel des femmes et des hommes pour leur dignité, tentent de relever la tête. Merci M. KUROSAWA.
Much more than a B-movie style, gangster melodrama, this eloquent film tells a story of how people from from the fringes of society, literally from the sewage, somehow find a way to try and help each other, even when the situation is hopeless.
Special for being the film that started it all---the greatest collaboration in film history.The setting,where children play in dirty swamps and streets,is perfect to showcase the ugliness and corruption of gangsters and others.
The amazing Toshiro Mifune conveys so much,even with small gestures.
Drunken Angel was pretty good but it didn't blow me away. Not my most memorable Kurosawa viewing but it had some great moments and the swamp imagery was fantastic. Kurosawa's lesser works are still better than most directors' masterpieces. Like getting a flat and getting lucky in the same day...
Early film from Akira Kurosawa is a noirish drama that makes excellent use of its gritty post-War Japan locations - with great inky black and white cinematography and authentic performances from Takashi Shimura and Toshirô Mifune. The story meanders in places and can be slow at times - but at its strongest moments, it's a true classic. The first major step toward the masterpieces Kurosawa would go on to make.
the central symbol of the film - "pestilential sump, filled with toxic garbage" - is something I have been unable to erase from my mind. I see it everywhere now...in people, in places, in media, and in myself too.