Drunken Angel

is a 1948 Japanese yakuza film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is notable for being the first of sixteen film collaborations between director Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune.


Sanada (Takashi Shimura) is an alcoholic doctor, a drunken angel, in postwar Japan who treats a somewhat young, small-time hood named Matsunaga (Toshiro Mifune), after a gunfight with a rival syndicate. The doctor diagnoses the young gangster with tuberculosis. He convinces Matsunaga to begin treatment and quit boozing and womanizing. The two enjoy an uneasy friendship until the gangster's former boss, Okada, who is also the abusive ex-boyfriend of the doctor's female assistant, is released from prison and seeks to take his gang over once again. In the meantime, Sanada continues treating his other patients, one of whom seems to be making progress against tuberculosis.

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    director Akira Kurosawa
    editor Akira Kurosawa
    events alcoholism
    genre drama
    keywords alcoholic bury drink follow groom japan kill knife fight lose night club toshiro mifune tuberculosis
    musicBy Fumio Hayasaka
    producer Sōjirō Motoki
    productionCompany Toho
    publisher Toho
    theme japanese teen yakuza