• Movie: Drunken Angel
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Apr 27, 1948
  • Duration: 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 8.2 (scored by 48 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 105

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Sanada is an alcoholic doctor in postwar Japan who treats a young, small-time hood named Matsunaga, after a gunfight with a rival syndicate. The doctor diagnoses the young gangster with tuberculosis, and convinces him to begin treatment and quit boozing and womanizing. The two enjoy an uneasy friendship until the gangster's former boss, Okada, who is also the former abusive boyfriend of the doctor's female assistant, is released from prison and seeks to take his gang over once again.

~~ First Yakuza film ever made.
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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Apr 27, 1948
  • Duration: 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Score: 8.2 (scored by 48 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
Drunken Angel is my first Akira Kurosawa's film and also my first yakuza (members of transnational organized crime syndicates in Japan) film.... The legend also cemented himself as a director with this feature..
The movie follows a story with a beautiful moral as quoted "A rational approach is the best medicine for life." I liked the way the director used various metaphorical reflections how one can lead their way to doom or to hope.. Although, both the protagonists have flaws yet they have their own way to make you feel for them... The post war scenario, the subtle reflections of occupation of japan are beautifully captured...
The actors did a great job.. This marks the first collaboration of Akira Kurosawa and actor Mifune Toshiro...
I loved the soundtrack.... takes you back to those days.... It put me into a dreamy mood...especially the guitar section and the jungle boogie..
Don't know why but the movie felt like a poetry to me.. would love to watch again to reminsce those feels...
Finally, one down among his classics .....
Watch it to appreciate the artistry of Akira Kurosawa.....
Highly recommended!!

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