Kurosawa marathon journal – #8 – THE QUIET DUEL (1949)

The story: A surgeon gets syphilis from a patient when he cuts himself during an operation. The doctor’s life is destroyed, but unlike the patient, he doesn’t destroy others along with him. Along with Sanshiro Sugata Part II, The Quiet Duel has been my least favourite Kurosawa film. Having watched so many of his films back…

Kurosawa marathon journal – #7 – DRUNKEN ANGEL (1948)

The story: A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond. I am fascinated by the fact that Drunken Angel, in its title, refers to one of the two leading character directly, although it is not seen through said character’s perspective. Indeed, the ending reveals that he has…