High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
An alcoholic doctor builds a shaky friendship with a dying gangster
I spoke yesterday of tigers. I read after my review that Toshiro Mifune was considered for the title role in Dersu Uzala, but watching him here, in his ragged youth, I think he would have been better as the tiger anyway. He is certainly a predator, nearly as unhinged here (from booze, in part, and from sickness) as he was later in Sword of Doom. He makes Val Kilmer's surprisingly charismatic turn as a consumptive look sedate, and yet what he really does is encapsulate rage and frustration that has nothing to do with booze or disease.
I have read elsewhere that this film contains some subtle criticisms of America and the American occupation, and some not-so-subtle ones (the cesspool…
Probably the best cautionary tale about the dangers of tuberculosis.... in the world.
After an ill-fated attempt at expanding my Akira Kurosawa viewings with The Quiet Duel the other night, I was delighted that I had a version of Drunken Angel where the subtitles appeared to be completely coherent. It really has been a priority of mine to watch more Kurosawa - I've at least enjoyed all of the films I've seen by him.
Drunken Angel is vaguely cast as a Japanese noir except it isn't really. It only really steps into noirish areas during the last half an hour or so when the old boss of TB-riddled gangster Toshiro Mifune (dashingly handsome during his earlier years, wasn't he?) turns…
Fall in love for someone like me, I may be scrubby but you get free medical care.
The 16 films directed by Akira Kurosawa staring Toshirô Mifune has to stand as the greatest director/actor collaboration in cinema history. Not because of sheer quantity, but because of the unmatched quality of their films together. I expected their first film together to be good, but as with most Kurosawa films it exceeded my expectations.
The director was told about an actor that was auditioning for a different film that might be right for a role he was trying to cast in Drunken Angel. The story goes that Kurosawa watched said…
Beautiful in words that cannot be expressed except for Kurosawa's own language of cinema, Drunken Angel is one of the gems of Kurosawa's pre Rashomon era and is a film in Kurosawa's extraordinary filmography that fails to get its due reputation, mostly due to the formidable masterpieces that comprise of his filmography. Truly gripping in every sense, Drunken Angel works superbly due to the performances of Japanese icons, Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura who with this film, establish an untouchable collaboration with Kurosawa.
Creating a near perfect, unique, creative and compelling dynamic in a drunk doctor and a dying gangster, who meet on accidental terms and form an uneasy but useful friendship, Drunken Angel is extremely moving, relevant, entertaining, impressive…
According to Kurosawa himself, this being his seventh film, Drunken Angel was the first that was truly his own. And what a great movie it is.
In Japan, critics have written that this is the film that defined him as a filmmaker, while he himself claimed not to have undergone any change other than having been given free reins. It was also the first film where Kurosawa cast Toshiro Mifune, and this is perhaps the debut of the times. True, he had occupied minor roles before, but after this he was star. Kurosawa later wrote:
[Takashi] Shimura played the doctor beautifully, but I found I could not control Mifune. When I saw this, I let him do as he wanted,…
Toshiro Mifune cut an excellent figure as a young man. The angles of his face were sharp and his hair was well coiffed. But as Drunken Angel progresses, it's the appearance of Mifune's consumptive gangster that telegraphs clearly what point the story is at. By the end, those sharp facial angles are razor blades, emphasized with almost kabuki-style make-up and that hair is flopping this way and that. Mifune's performance is awesome, so good that the make-up feels like a distraction, a bit of overkill when all you needed was Mifune's eyes and stilted walk.
Drunken Angel is a bit too melodramatic for my liking. But it is still Kurosawa, and with all great directors I tend to judge them…
A more intimate and all the more powerful Kurosawa.
A drama about dying drunkards.
+ nice music, jazz, blues, cabaret songs
- everything else
A noir-y Kurosawa tale with a social-conscience. Stylish and thought-provoking (and experimental?).
I liked this one a lot!
Interessant, aber nicht von dauerhafter Nachhaltigkeit.
Regardless of my video file's shite quality, the atmosphere of the rural, muddy town that's seen better days is incredibly palpable and Mifune is just incapable of not being cool, no matter how vulnerable his character may be.
This film could have easily turned into a redemption story. Doctor saves patient, shows him the straight path in life. However, Kurosawa instead turned it into a parable about ways of life and one's environment. Because Matsunaga lives in the filthy and corrupt town, he never could have gotten better. This film is more of a tragedy about morality. Matsunaga starts the film drunk on his own power, indulging in alcohol and women. The whole time, he has this rabid look in his eyes, lashing out blindly to anyone. It's only fitting that the only person who could affect him was someone more stubborn, an alcoholic "quack" doctor. Sanada is a caring doctor who is stern by the necessity of…
This movie has an old-man voice, which is surprising given that it is one of Kurosawa's early films. Rough around the edges, this really demonstrates Kurosawa as a work-in-progress. Displays little of his later genius, although some of his themes are present.
This underseen film from Akira Kurosawa marked the directors first collaboration with Toshirô Mifune. It's not as good as some of there later work together, but it's a solid start. It has a strong story and is lead by the wonderful performances from Toshirô Mifune and Takashi Shimura. 7.5/10
UPDATED: April 23, 2016
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