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A bad day gets worse for young detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo’s sweltering streets for the stray dog whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, cop and criminal’s lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami’s own dark side. Starring Toshiro Mifune, as the rookie cop, and Takashi Shimura, as the seasoned detective who keeps him on the right side of the law, Stray Dog (Nora Inu) goes beyond a crime thriller, probing the squalid world of postwar Japan and the nature of the criminal mind.

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Special Features

New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, a 32-minute documentary on the making of Stray Dog
A printed booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and an excerpt from Kurosawa’s autobiography, Something Like an Autobiography, in which he discusses the production of Stray Dog
New and improved English subtitle translation
Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

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