When a pickpocket steals a rookie detective’s gun on a hot, crowded bus, the cop goes undercover in a desperate attempt to right the wrong. Kurosawa’s thrilling noir probes the squalid world of postwar Japan and the nature of the criminal mind.
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le japon est cru comme un suchi,sans le fard qui le dissimule et l'on voit que la vie, la misère et l'exploitation des hommes y est comme ailleurs. La caméra de Kurozawa est intraitable. Son génie aussi: on reste saisi par les scènes de l'arrestation ou du cabaret, le jeu distancié de Mifumé dans ce scénario étouffant, noir et néo réaliste. Chef d'Oeuvre !
Ce film est tout à la fois un bel hommage au film noir américain et une chronique sociale et philosophique sur l'humanité et le Mal.
Le jeune Mifune campe avec prestance un jeune détective dont l'arme a servi à un crime dont il se sent responsable.
Another good example of why most cops shouldn't be carrying guns: they get stolen, usually through negligence. Several hundred guns were stolen from S.F. Bay Area cops in the last few years, including M-16 assault rifles. U.C. Berkeley Police Chief left her gun visible in her personal car when it got stolen. Oakland P.D. won't even say how many of their guns are missing. Gun control should start with cops.
My main, and really only, complaint I have concerning the story is that I have problems feeling much connection to a detective who has his gun lifted by a pickpocket and then is reduced to tears multiple times in the investigation to recover it. Still, the filmmaking prowess cannot be denied in this good, but not great, Kurosawa film.
Intense japanese post-war drama heavily inspired by the crudeness of american film-noir and, on a smaller degree, by the italian neorealism. Takashi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune are great as the veteran detective and his companion, respectively. There are some excellent moments of suspense, like the baseball game and the train station climax.
The heat in the film doesn’t only cause the characters to sweat desperation and drive, but makes the film itself sweat style, feeling, and pure cinema as well. It’s a captivating and exciting tale of redemption and guilt, and is clearly an influence on the kind of crime stories and editing styles of films to come later, having absorbed film noir of the times and turned it out into a different kind of element.