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…
Just a wonderfully simple story of a dying gangster and his up and down friendship with a troubled doctor .
This is classic Kurosawa, amazing cinematic atmosphere and loveable characters. Featuring , quite possibly, my favorite Mifune performance ever! The entire film is all a bit pessimistic and dire, but is sprinkled with humanity and beautiful moments reflecting life .
The man who accidentally became an actor continues to amaze us after all these years. Toshiro Mifune's perforce is wonderful, youthful, and powerful.
Kurosawa is one of those giants whose craft repeatedly sneaks up on you no matter how much you think you have got it figured out.
At first glance Drunken Angel seems like a genre equivalent of Hollywood was producing at the time, it's a sleek production with gangsters and jazzy elements but from the opening interactions between Mifune's Yakuza and Shimura's boozy physician that there's something far more tragic brewing.
The images of dirty ponds, piles of garbage and sweaty dance clubs flush away any trace of a slick Yakuza picture and muddle it with death, disease and even madness (that dream sequence? Wow).
I like this a lot.
A good realistic drama about doctors and about love and life. It's very interesting, I liked it.
Ainda em busca de sua identidade, Akira Kurosawa faz um drama sutilmente emocionante sobre o relacionamento entre médico e paciente. O médico, interpretado com segurança por Takashi Shimura, é um bêbado incorrigível que não trata seus pacientes com grande educação, mas esconde uma profunda preocupação com seu bem-estar. O paciente, interpretado por Toshirô Mifune, faz parte da Yakuza e apresenta extrema relutância em aceitar o seu diagnóstico de tuberculose. O relacionamento entre os dois personagens ocupa a maior parte do filme e é o principal atrativo de Drunken Angel: ambos são pessoas difíceis e com pavio curto, mas a genuína preocupação do médico com o bem-estar de seu orgulhoso e teimoso paciente começa a quebrar barreiras.
O longa acaba desviando-se…
My cousin & I put this on while we shot the shit - he'd seen it before, I had not. I was so distracted by conversations with him that he had to explain half the scenes to me after they'd happened. I never have much to say about highbrow fare like this, but I enjoyed the experience. Kurosawa is one of the all-time greats in my book.
Film #10 of the "Scavenger Hunt 16" challenge
29. A movie directed by Akira Kurosawa.
This is a depressing plot for a film about an struggling alcoholic. There are several attempts but there's no hope. The violence seems to be constant even when not drunk. This is not bad though as this film is a good drama. The cast is wonderful and even though "it makes fun of the American occupation", the soundtrack is good as well.
This was the eighth film made by the legendary Akria Kurosawa, but many commentators (including Kurosawa himself) look at it as the beginning of his career. This was the first film Kurosawa could make that wasn’t heavily censored or influenced by the propaganda driven wartime government or by the American Occupation censors (although the later did still have some say in the final cut). While Kurosawa will go on to bigger and better things later, there is clearly a budding talent at work here. The film, about the relationship between a Yakuza member with TB and his alcoholic doctor, was set during the occupation and is a document to the living conditions of the time and place. The film’s penultimate…
Kurosawa's less than great films never cease to annoy me, because I know the man can do better: He made three of my absolute favourite films for goodness sake. And yet his less good films all suffer from the same problem: some really cool scenes, interspersed with some quite stodgy ones. And saying that, the cool scenes in this film are great, especially for mild hypochondriacs, and of course Mifune and Shimura are great, but it just needed to be a bit tighter to be really good.
UPDATED: August 18, 2016
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