October 1, 2013

Stray Dog

Stray Dog, 1949. A police detective searches for his stolen gun.

Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Written by Ryûzô Kikushima & Kurosawa. Starring Toshirô Mifune & Takashi Shimura.

Concept: 3/4 (Good)
Story: 3/4 (Good)
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 3/4 (Good)
Pacing: 3/4 (Good). The story moves too slowly, but there's almost nothing I would cut. (Just some baseball. Why is there so much baseball?)
Cinematography: 4/4 (Great)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 4/4 (Great)
Music: 4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4). In a few ways, it's kind of like the Japanese counterpart of The Third Man - although it's nowhere near as good as that film. It's not engrossing, which is weird for a suspense film from a great director. But it's interesting.
Objective Rating (Average): 3.3/4 (Very good)

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