Originally titled Yoidore tenshi, Drunken Angel was director Akira Kurosawa's first "auteur" project. "I finally discovered myself," he explained later. "It was my picture: I was doing it and no one else." Takashi Shimura plays an alcoholic doctor, running a fleabitten clinic in the slums of Tokyo. Shimura tries to pull himself together long enough to save the life of young hoodlum Toshiro Mifune. The doctor feels that, by saving Mifune, he is retrieving a portion of his own lost youth and idealism. Kurosawa later observed that he had trouble corraling Tohsiro Mifune's improvisational instincts, but that "I did not want to smother that vitality." The end result in Drunken Angel is a supremely satisfying blend of Mifune's rapid-fire excesses and Kurosawa's even-handed control.
New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Audio commentary featuring Japanese-film scholar Donald Richie; A 31-minute documentary on the Making of Drunken Angel, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It is Wonderful to Create; Kurosawa and the censors, a new, 25-minute video piece that looks at the challenges Kurosawa faced in making Drunken Angel; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by cultural historian Ian Buruma and excerpts from Kurosawa's Something Like an Autobiography
Disc #1 -- Drunken Angel 1. "You Call That a Nail?" [10:50] 2. Follow-Up [9:07] 3. The Past [7:14] 4. No Guts [5:05] 5. "Dirty, Stinking Angel" [4:35] 6. X-ray [6:47] 7. "The Killer's Anthem" [2:48] 8. Night Out [:08] 9. Emergency Patient [8:37] 10. Fear [7:47] 11. "Rotten, Maggot Infested" [2:59] 12. Okada's Woman [5:11] 13. Code of Honor [4:08] 14. Okada's Turf [4:42] 15. Confrontation [5:24] 16. "You Can Never Change Anyone" [5:57] 17. Hope [3:55] 1. Set Design and Production [9:14] 2. Toshiro Mifune [8:19] 3. Music [7:23] 4. Final Fight [3:01] 5. Drunken Agnel, the Play [1:43] 6. Images, Not Words [1:34] 1. The Censorship System [7:46] 2. Japan, 1948 [2:34] 3. Little Victories: Postwar Films Before Drunken Angel [2:18] 4. The Case of Drunken Angel [11:48]
Disc #1 -- Drunken Angel Play the Movie Chapters Color Bars Commentary On Off Index Masters and Students Japan Reconstructs Itself/Yakuza The Doctor's Role/Actors Story Structure/Weather Medical Realities/Templates Censors/The Postwar Problems Music Women/Existentialism A Spokesperson/Camera Self-Loathing? Finding Oneself/Identity Doppelgängers/Westernization Losing Face/Gambling "The Cuckoo Waltz"/Reversals Expressionist Style Framing/The Country Hope Color Bars Supplements Akira Kurosawa: It is Wonderful to Create Play Index Kurosawa and the Censors Play Index Subtitles On Off
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