Yoidore tenshi

醉いどれ天使 [videorecording] = Drunken angel - Yoidore tenshi

Drunken angel

DVD - 2007 | Japanese
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Dr. Sanada is an alcoholic, in part due to the despair that constantly assails him as he tries to keep the inhabitants of a post-World War II Tokyo slum as healthy as possible. Food and medical supplies are scarce, the neighborhood is around an open sewer, and the only place to buy medicines is the black market-- controlled by the Yakuza. Matsunaga, a young yakuza with a violent temper, seeks Sanada's help to remove a bullet from his hand, but Matsunaga's cough catches the doctor's attention. What follows is a wrestling match for Matsunaga's life. Will he follow Sanada's instructions and make the smart, healthy decision, or will he let the fabled yakuza code of honor destroy him?
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2007
ISBN: 160465001X
Branch Call Number: DVD 895.6 YOI JAPANESE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 黒澤明


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Aug 23, 2018

This is a blah movie that only has a high IMDB rating because it was directed by Akira Kurosawa

A study of poverty, vice and thug life set in a swampy black market neighborhood of post-war Japan. Mifune plays an up and coming Yakuza captain who is actually on his way down. Takashi Shimura, the head samurai from SEVEN SAMURAI, plays a drunken doctor devotee of science who serves the poor. Watch the supplementary documentary interview with a European academic who discusses how Kurosawa jousted with the U.S. military censors.

Jan 14, 2017

For most viewers, the great Japanese director will also be identified with the samurai film, a genre he basically defined in films like "Seven Samurai," "The Hidden Fortress," and "Yojimbo."
Yet his 30 films show a filmmaker with more range than expected and include social dramas, Shakespeare adaptations, crime films, and even a love story. He started making films in the 1940s and most of those films show him searching for his style and subject. 1948's "Drunken Angel" is an important film for him, as he felt he found his voice and it was the first of his many collaborations with actor Toshiro Mifune, who starred in most of his iconic films. Set in post-war Japan, "Drunken Angel" is part social drama and part yakuza film. Mifune plays a tubercular gangster who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a compassionate, but alcoholic doctor, played by Takashi Shimura, another Kurosawa regular. Set in a ramshackle, slummy neighborhood, the center of which is a toxic looking pond, "Drunken Angel" is also a look at the devastation of postwar Japan and the cynical blackmarket the emerged. It has something in common with other films set in the period ("Gate of Flesh," "The Sun's Burial") and with Kurosawa films like "Red Beard" and "The Lower Depths." If you haven't seen much Kurosawa, this isn't the film to begin with, but Kurosawa fans will find much to appreciate. Oh, it was shot in black and white (as all of his films were until the 70s), so the comment below criticizing it for being in b & w is irrelevant and somewhat idiotic.

Jul 05, 2016

Couldnt finish watching either time Ive borrowed it. Sound is bad, not in colour & subtitles are small. Not going to try a third time, I get the gist from the synapsis & peoples comments.

Feb 02, 2016

A young Toshiro Mifune in his third film plays an often drunk young yakuza who has TB in a very poor post-war Japan. Takashi Shimura, the wonderfu actor of Ikiru fame, is a doctor who ministers to the poor and down-and-out including Mifune, although Mifune is often resistant. The doctor is also harboring the ex-girlfriend of a rival of MIfune's, who has recently gotten out of jail and wants her back. Great acting and cinematography.

Dec 05, 2014

With his ramshackle clinic situated meaningfully between bombed out ruins and a toxic cesspool (across the street from the ironically named "Happy Market") gruffly compassionate doctor Sanada does his best to help Tokyo's downtrodden despite the fact he enjoys more than a drop of sake now and then. But when violent gangster Matsunaga (the great Toshiro Mifune) shows up at his door suffering from tuberculosis Sanada makes it his mission to not only cure the man's disease but turn his life around as well. Sadly, the past has a way of dogging people and sometimes the best of intentions cannot stop someone from continuing on the path they've chosen. Kurosawa's ruminations on the post WWII Japanese zeitgeist is evident throughout this brooding drama as Sanada's wry comments and occasional lecture on corruption and complacency speak more to the audience than the criminal in his office. Oppressive images of rot and chaos are lightened somewhat by a faint undertone of optimism as a minor character makes her own life-altering decision and one young schoolgirl, a former patient, proudly flaunts her clean bill of health. A classic.

Sep 27, 2011

Great treatment on the Yakuza brotherhood, social diversity and the role of a doctor during post WW II Japan:



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