Prepared by: Bryson Labossiere
Submitted to: Mr. White
Class: Film Studies 30IB
Date Submitted: December 12th, 2012
Due Date: December 12th, 2012
The film “Stray Dogs” is one of Kurosawa greatest films; he perfect represented the changing culture of Japan post world war by comparing the character Murakami. Murakami is created to look like a stray dog who has little to no food, no real home, and no one to take care of him and love him. This is a parallel to Japan because after the war Japan was lost and struggling to make to live, just like a stray dog shown during the opening credits. Another way Kurosawa created a parallel from Japan to his movie was through the desperation in Murakami. Murakami is absolutely driven on finding his weapon which relates to the honour and pride of the character, this relates to Japan because after this humiliation and set back that was the world war, they also had to rebuild in order to maintain their honour. Finally Kurosawa uses the setting to show not only the ruble and poverty from the effect of the war but he also shows the beauty and change that is yet to develop in the once great country.
The film begins in July with a seemingly trivial tragedy. Rookie detective Murakami (Toshiro Mifune) has had his gun stolen in a hot, crowded bus. (Guns were, of course, scarce in postwar Japan, available mainly to police and on the black market, so this is a much bigger deal than it might seem.) Murakami is unable to catch the thief despite an exhausting chase, and he returns to the station humiliated and ready to resign. Denied this penance, he continues the search, checking records, discovering suspects, and in a wonderful sequence that begins the film's tour of postwar Tokyo, following a hardboiled female criminal through the homely housing of Tokyo in hopes of harassing her into a confession. This sequence ends in one of the director's trademark magical moments when she relaxes and tells Murakami some of what she...