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->''”A [[TitleDrop stray dog]] sees only what it chases”''
-->-- '''Detective Sato'''

'''Stray Dog''' (''Nora Inu'') is an Creator/AkiraKurosawa film of 1949. It tells the story of rookie homicide detective Murakami as he searches for his stolen pistol. He's helped in his search by Sato, a more experienced detective, but he's also wracked by guilt because the gun has been used to commit crimes.

One of the first films to deal with the “older detective trains younger detective” plot you can see in films like ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' or ''TrainingDay''.

No relation with the [[StrayDog manga]].

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!!Tropes in this film:

* TheAtoner: Murakami wants to catch Yusa because he knows he has committed crimes using his gun.
* DoingItForTheArt: The file cabinets in the movie were all filled by cards with information on them despite none of these card ever showing up on camera. The crew invented an entire city's criminal background just for the sake of "realism."
* FilmNoir: A rare non-American or European example
* HeatWave: There's one throughout the film, pictured by having everyone using fans all the time.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura appeared in a lot of Kurosawa's films.
* NiceHat: Murakami's flat cap and Sato's fedora.
* NotSoDifferent: A major theme of the movie is the many similarities between Murakami and Yusa.
* OldCopYoungCop: One of the earliest examples
* OldShame: Kurosawa considered this film was “too technical” and that it had “all that technique and not one real thought in it”.
* PlayingAgainstType: A retroactive example, since ToshiroMifune plays the role of the rookie detective in this film but is better known for the gruff samurai he played later in his career.
* TheStoic: Sato. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t care, though.