Stray Dog ★★★ 1949
A tense, early genre piece by Kurosawa, about a police detective who has his revolver picked from his pocket on a bus, and realizes soon after it's being used in a series of murders. Technically somewhat flawed, but tense and intense. Mifune's pursuit of the criminal with his gun becomes metaphorically compelling. In Japanese with English subtitles. 122m/B VHS, DVD . JP Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Isao Kimura; D: Akira Kurosawa.