Stray Dog ★★★★★

I almost never deliver five-star ratings after a first viewing of a film, but here's one of the rare exceptions and here are the reasons why (with spoilers). I wonder if it paints me as having some sort of American bias that my two favorite Kurosawas are now the two that most resemble Hollywood noir films (this and High & Low), though I think it's also probably significant that I think they're even better than most proper noir titles I've seen.

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