Stray Dog -- 93 pts. What a great filmmaker was Akira Kurasawa. I haven't seen this film in about 20 years. This modern day (1949) story is of a rookie detective who's gun is stolen. He sets out to find it before it causes harm. At first it seems off. Kurasawa, untypically, uses narration to short hand the plot of the movie. Then the movie takes off and we see the master's great touch. This is really the first truly realized Kurasawa movie and has more than just a hint of things to come.