3.05 — DRUNKEN ANGEL and Disease

The second director of Season 3 is Akira Kurosawa; the sequence of his films begins with his 1948 breakthrough, DRUNKEN ANGEL. Initial discussions centre on its viability as a cinematic — rather than theatrical experience — and then we delve into post-war Japan, Kurosawa’s relationship with gangster culture, and this film’s positioning as a metaphor for some of these ideas.

Next Week’s Film

RASHOMON (1950): rent it on Amazon for $3.99 (still probably just about affordable, post-Brexit) at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004D3ICOG
This Week’s Media
STRIKE (2017–): Robert Galbraith, Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger
NARCOS, SEASON 3 (2017): Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro
Recommendations
NOSFERATU (1922): F.W. Murnau, Max Schreck, Greta Schröder
CARANDIRU (2003): Héctor Babenco, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Rodrigo Santoro
BRIGHTON ROCK (1947): John Boulting, Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley
TOMBSTONE (1993): George P. Cosmatos, Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer
Footnotes
Firstly, for more on the specifics of the yakuza (general introduction: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakuza), have a look at this: https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=6Kln-SUqKW0C&oi=fnd&pg=PR7&dq=yakuza&ots=LMhEdjGfD-&sig=tiY2s1LW4uLojFwnRkAc-KjCI7g#v=onepage&q=yakuza&f=false. This thread also has some interesting discussions of the yakuza’s place in Kurosawa’s work: http://akirakurosawa.info/forums/topic/drunken-angel-yakuza-social-structure-and-cross-culturalism. Actors like the ever-wonderful Buster Keaton (to whom Sam refers at one point) are celebrated in this interesting article: https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2015/sep/07/silent-era-film-stars-risked-their-lives-doing-film-stunts. For more on the history of post-war Japan, this is good: https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=frMveElUDw8C&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=post-war+japan+history&ots=D1i23L_3tm&sig=9rOuqcZROpD2z-rOGr29Usey9lU#v=onepage&q=post-war%20japan%20history&f=false. Finally, this is the film that Rob mentions in passing along with NOSFERATU as a visual fore-runner of this movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0010323.