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Stray Dog
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Produced by Sojiro Motoki
Written by Akira Kurosawa
Ryuzo Kikushima
Starring Toshirō Mifune
Takashi Shimura
Music by Fumio Hayasaka
Cinematography Asakazu Nakai
Editing by Toshio Goto
Yoshi Sugihara
Distributed by Toho
Release date(s) October 17, 1949
Running time 122 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
For the 1991 film by Mamoru Oshii, see Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops.

Stray Dog (野良犬 Nora inu ?) is a 1949 film noir police procedural directed by Akira Kurosawa.



screenshot from Stray Dog. Keiko Awaji on the right, Eiko Miyoshi, Toshirô Mifune (standing), Takashi Shimura (sitting)

Rookie homicide detective Murakami (Toshirō Mifune) frantically seeks his stolen Colt pistol which, to his shame, has been pickpocketed on a bus. A manhunt begins when the stolen gun is used in a murder. The older and wiser detective, Sato (Takashi Shimura), takes Murakami under his wing. The evolving relationship between the two men gives the film depth. The action throughout takes place during a heatwave in a bombed-out post-war Tokyo.

Quote: "A stray dog sees only what it chases." --Detective Sato

Original story

Kurosawa mentioned in several interviews that his script was inspired by the work of Georges Simenon, without noting a particular work of the latter.


The film was remade as Nora Inu (1973) starring Tetsuya Watari as Murakami and Shinsuke Ashida as Sato. The location was changed from Tokyo to Okinawa.


At the 1950 Mainichi Film Concours it won awards for Best Actor (Takashi Shimura), Best Film Score (Fumio Hayasaka), Best Cinematography (Asakazu Nakai) and Best Art Direction (So Matsuyama).

Keiko Awaji as Harumi Namiki, showgirl in Stray Dog

Partial cast

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