Donzoko (1957)

Original Title : Donzoko
Director : Akira Kurosawa
Writer : Maxim Gorky
Akira Kurosawa
Hideo Oguni
Genre : Comedy
Country : Japan
Language : Japanese
Producer : Akira Kurosawa , Sojiro Motoki
Music : Masaru Satô
Photography : Kazuo Yamasaki
Distributor : Brandon Films Inc. [us]
IMDB ID : 0050330
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poster for "Donzoko" by Akira Kurosawa (1957)
Donzoko (1957) - Akira Kurosawa


Minoru Chiaki Former Samurai
Yu Fujiki Unokichi
Yu Fujiki Unokichi


In a slum flophouse, a collection of beggars and thieves bewail their lot in life, and Osugi, the landlady, fights with her sister, Okayo, over the man they both desire, the thief Sutekichi.


If you've never seen a Kurosawa film...don't start with this one Definitely lesser Kurosawa, this stagey adaptation of a Maxim Gorki play is pretty slow going, even by Kurosawa's standards. There's nothing wrong with the film: it's well acted and shot, but the story simply lacks interest. Not a good place to begin investigating one of the great filmmakers.
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Donzoko (1957) - Akira Kurosawa