Nora inu / Stray Dog (2949) DVD9 Criterion Collection
In Stray Dog we find a young police officer in Japans police force commuting in a crowded bus in a middle of a sweltering summer. As he is stepping off the bus he realizes someone on the bus has stolen his pistol and he gives chase after the thief but is unable to catch up to them. Shamed, he returns to his precinct to tender his resignation, fearing the worst now that his gun is in a probable criminals hands. His chief refuses to accept the resignation though and instead sets the young officer (brilliantly played by Toshiro Mifune) the task of finding his gun before it can be used for any crimes. The young officer takes to the streets then, dressing shabbily and walking the poor sections of the city in the hopes of getting some information. As the days stretch on and the heat climbs higher we see the toll all of this is having on the young officer as each step he takes he seems to feel more and more desperate. Things take a dark turn when there is a robbery that was done with a pistol and it appears it may be the officers. Losing the last of his hope, the officer is assigned to assist an older policeman that knows the streets better and has avenues of query to explore that the young man had no access to. And as the two begin their investigation they begin getting closer and closer to the truth of who has the gun, and why they have it.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 02:02:13 | 7.04 Gb + 3% rec
Japanese (Dolby AC3, 1 ch) | Subtitles: English
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Eiko Miyoshi, Noriko Sengoku, Noriko Honma
Country: Japan

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