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Donzoko (1957)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  1 October 1957 (Japan)
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In a Japanese slum, various residents play out their lives, dreaming of better things or settling for their lot. Among them is a man who pines for a young woman but is stymied by her deceptive family.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Isuzu Yamada ...
Osugi the Landlady
Kyôko Kagawa ...
Okayo, Osugi's Sister
Ganjirô Nakamura ...
Rokubei, Osugi's Husband
Minoru Chiaki ...
Tonosama - the former Samurai
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
The Actor
Akemi Negishi ...
Osen the Prostitute
Nijiko Kiyokawa ...
Otaki the Candy-Seller
Kôji Mitsui ...
Yoshisaburo the Gambler
Eijirô Tôno ...
Tomekichi the Tinker
Haruo Tanaka ...
Tatsu
Eiko Miyoshi ...
Asa, Tomekichi's Wife
Bokuzen Hidari ...
Kahei the Pilgrim
Atsushi Watanabe ...
Kuna
Kichijirô Ueda ...
Shimazo the Police Agent
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Una coppia di gretti usurai gestisce uno squallido dormitorio, nei pressi di una discarica. Una folla di larve e relitti umani affolla il locale: un ex attore alcolizzato; una prostituta; un fabbro che sragiona; disoccupati ed altri ancora. In tutti c'è la ricerca della fuga dalla loro miseranda esistenza, attraverso alcool, gioco, sogni. Arriva un giorno al dormitorio un vecchio e saggio pellegrino, che porta in tutti una nota di speranza con la sua filosofia e la sua umanità. Ma il sogno dura poco : lo sconforto torna ad impadronirsi di tutti, al punto da portare l'ex attore al suicidio e gli altri a ribellarsi ai due gestori. Ispirato ad un dramma di Gorkij, il film parla della parte sconfitta dell'umanità, dei vinti, dei falliti, dei rifiutati dalla società "civile". Written by rosebud6

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If man had talent, ¿does it spoil yourself?
23 March 2010 | by (Colombia) – See all my reviews

We are in czarist Russia. In a dilapidated tenement - a kind of stable with straw included but, where instead of animals, humans coexist - there is the encounter of a group of disparate people united, however, the loneliness, frustration, or voluntary exclusion imposed by poverty... or bitter and the corresponding abandonment of those around them. They are men and women of various ages and very different paths. They had past, but now seems to have no future. What happens between them, which is like a circle that spins round incessantly, only makes sense if you understand the statism of such lives. However, even for them comes the option to renew when it comes to occupy a space of an elderly white suit, who then give an example worthy of wisdom and sanity to consider.

Based on the homonymous play by the Russian writer Maxim Gorky, staged in 1902, with notable success, "DONZOKO" is a loose adaptation that makes Japanese Kurosawa and adapt to the atmosphere where, unlike Gorky who gave equal importance all the characters, here given the greatest weight to sensitive Grandpa and Sutekichi the thief in love with the oppressed Okayo.

When everything is flowing in a judicious set of personalities, confrontation and sobering experience, the skepticism of the remarkable Russian writer (not for nothing assumed the pseudonym of Maksim Gorky, roughly translated as High Bitterness), with the condescension of Kurosawa drives the story in one direction nihilistic or as well working out and pools in insignificance. Any options transcendent existence, which seemed clearly raised with the grandfather, then diluted into pessimism and inconsistency. And viewers inevitably sink us feeling empty and one ¿and then? what not get a response.

Say that this film is only suitable for a demanding public in the pursuit of human understanding and, hopefully, is armored with a strong optimism about life to this dark story not tear the guts.

Are these words of Fritz Lang that by this time, I precise:

"It has made a mistake if the public comes from a projection of the soul in their heels."


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