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Gritty drama from post war Japan.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Drunken Angel [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This early film is where Kurosawa really finds his style, Mifune is electic as the arrogant TB infected young Yakuza, determined to ignore his illness and rule his patch. Shimiru is the Drunken angel of the title, a good hearted but alcoholic doctor with a hatred for germs and thuggery,who tries to help Mifune. I think this film should have the same status as Rashomon, a seamless work of art with passion and forboding. The gangster films of Coppola and scorcese owe a lot to this work.