QFT Noir: Stray Dog

BBFC RatingQFT Noir: Stray Dog

Showing: 20 July 2024 until 21 July 2024

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Sat 20 Jul 2024
Sun 21 Jul 2024

CertificatePG
Year1949
GenreDrama, Film-Noir
Director(s)Akira Kurosawa
Writer(s)Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa
LanguageJapanese, French
CountryJapan
Running Time2HR 2MINS
Extra InfoEnglish Subtitles
SeasonQFT Noir

From director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai), Stray Dog is one of the earliest Japanese detective films and an examination of postwar Japan’s dark side.

A bad day gets worse for young detective Murakami (Toshiro Mifune) when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo’s sweltering streets for the crook whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. Meanwhile, seasoned detective Satō (Takashi Shimura) tries desperately to keep him on the right side of the law.

A masterful mix of noir and police thriller, Stray Dog is a stylistic film full of atmosphere that probes the squalid nature of the criminal mind.

Inspired by the 50th anniversary restoration of Francis Ford Coppola’s neo-noir thriller The Conversation (at QFT from Sat 13 July), we are spending July looking at noir detectives, from classic noir’s police investigators to neo-noir’s common people turned amateur sleuths.