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Film Noir........ Japenese style,
By A Customer
This review is from: Stray Dog  [DVD] (DVD)
"Stray Dog" is, worlds away from the Hollywood pacing of modern films it is reflective,emotional and mentally engrossing. Every scene seems to emerge from the celluloid perfectly formed,crowded backstreets,glowering skies and intense passages of drama are all superbly poised.
Kurosawa dwells on the morals and issues at the heart of the story(no plot revealed here,sorry!), the post-war poverty of a defeated Japan and the age old viewpoints of the young and the old,of expereince and inexperience.
A heatwave dominates the whole film, people are bathed in sweat from noon to night,windows are flung open, this contributes to a tense feeling of claustrophobia,many of the characters seem at breaking point.
Reminiscent of Fritz Langs great detective films of the thirties,"Stray Dogs" is a mental and visual feast of Asian cinema.