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Stray Dog 1949

  • Akira Kurosawa
  • October 17, 1949
  • 122 mins
  • Japanese
  • Crime, Drama, Thriller
In Akira Kurosawa's gritty Stray Dog, a young police detective gets his pistol stolen on a crowded bus during the oppressive heat of a late 1940s Tokyo summer. The gun is later used in a robbery and murder making finding it even more important.


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"Questioning's a tricky business.
If you try to strong-arm 'em,
you lose. Just like Sumo.
I think we should give her
another try tomorrow.
Sure, that's fine.
But she's not going
to give us much.
That kind of high-strung girl
is as stubborn as they come.
Make 'em mad
and they clam right up."

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