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What's it About

In post-WW2 Japan, Tokyo detective Murakami (Mifune) has his gun stolen on a crowded bus, and the weapon gets used in a subsequent robbery and killing. Intent on recovering his firearm (and his dignity), Murakami goes undercover to hunt for it, tirelessly scouring the city's underbelly. His mentor, the older, wiser detective Sato (Shimuru), lends vital perspective as our hero's quest leads him into dark territory.

Why we love it

This landmark, atmospheric Japanese noir helped cement Kurosawa's reputation as a director to watch. Not only is "Dog" a satisfying thriller; it also exposes the thin line between a vengeful cop and his base and desperate prey. This superb film also fascinates by capturing a scarred Tokyo in the wake of the Second War.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"