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Dodesukaden (1970)

Original Title : Dodesukaden
Director : Akira Kurosawa
Writer : Shinobu Hashimoto
Akira Kurosawa
Hideo Oguni
Shugoro Yamamoto
Genre : Drama
Fantasy
Country : Japan
Language : Japanese
Producer : Kon Ichikawa , Keisuke Kinoshita , Masaki Kobayashi , Akira Kurosawa , Yoichi Matsue
Music : Tôru Takemitsu
Photography : Yasumichi Fukuzawa
Takao Saitô
Distributor : Continental Home Vídeo [br]
IMDB ID : 0065649
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poster for "Dodesukaden" by Akira Kurosawa (1970)
Dodesukaden (1970) - Akira Kurosawa
 

Starring

Yoshitaka Zushi Rokkuchan
Kin Sugai Rokkuchan's Mother
Kin Sugai Rokkuchan's Mother
 

Plot

Episodes from the lives of a group of Tokyo slum-dwellers: Rokkuchan, a retarded boy who brings meaning and routine to his life by driving an imaginary streetcar, children who support their parents by scrounging or by tedious and ill-paying endeavours, schemers who plot or dream of escaping the shackles of poverty.
 

Comments

Underrated Kurosawa This one tends to get slighted by a lot of critics and Kurosawa fans, but I thought it was wonderful. It's an episodic multi-character study of Tokyo's poorest, who live in a city literally made from garbage. Though it looks like an A-Bomb just hit, the film has a sort of serene beauty thanks to the glorious use of Technicolor. The title comes from the sound made by the insane young man who drives an imaginary trolley through the slum. All the characters were wonderful and all the stories engrossing, but perhaps the most tragic concerns the man and his young son who live in an abandoned car. When not searching for food, they spend their spare time using their imagination to build their dream house. An emotionally moving and beautiful film.
 
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Dodesukaden (1970) - Akira Kurosawa
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