Dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1949, Japan, Cert U, 122 mins
Akira Kurosawa’s film Stray Dog is directly inspired by Jules Dassin’s Naked City (1948) and explores the nether world of post-WW2 Japan in a story that parallels the American noir theme of the returning soldier’s re-integration into civilian society.
Top-line acting, innovative editing and Kurosawa’s expert direction and striking compositions bring the real streets of Japan into deep focus. A western soundtrack reinforces, for a western audience, the familiarity of the urban milieu depicted on the screen, where hotel signs and night club neon are in English.
Part police procedural, part noir, and part neo-realist drama, Stray Dog reflects the increasing influence of all things American on post-war Japanese culture and society. From the iconic Colt pistol to Harumi’s sleazy jazz dancing, the good ol’ U.S. of A — despite the fact that there isn’t a single occidental character to be seen — is never far away. There’s even an extended and enthralling baseball sequence featuring two of Japan’s most prominent teams (the Yomiuri Giants and the Nankai Hawks) in which the umpire announces “play ball” in English.
May 3, 2014
198 Deptford High St
London SE8 3PR
There will be drinks served and popcorn for all.
Free event. No ticket required.
Due to limited capacity entrance is first come first served.