Sunday, February 12, 2012

Two Line Reviews - #353

Movie: Yoidore tenshi (or) Drunken Angel (Japanese,1948)

Plot: A drunkard doctor who gives personal importance to his patients' health gets a hoodlum for a TB Patient. The doctor's frank ways embarrass the thug and he responds with reluctance to the treatment. When health gets to more worrisome levels, he realises the mirage that the thug world is about.

  • Akira Kurosawa after quite some time but the admiration stays where it was. Another brilliant narration of contrasting but respectable characters.
  • Veteran Takashi Shimura revels in the hyper role Kurosawa tailors for him and Toshiro Mifune impresses with his gradual make-over.
  • Music of Fumio Hayasaka is grand as ever.
  • AK's symbolisms with the stagnant pond, angel toy, candy seeking girl etc. are marks of true brilliance.
Ode to human willpower!