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Release Date:
1 October 1957 (Japan) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Toshirô Mifune ... Sutekichi the Thief
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
Yû Fujiki ... Unokichi
Fujitayama ... Tsugaru

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Maxim Gorky  play "The Lower Depths"
Akira Kurosawa 
Hideo Oguni 

Produced by
Akira Kurosawa .... producer
Sôjirô Motoki .... associate producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Yamasaki 
 
Film Editing by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Production Design by
Yoshirô Muraki 
 
Costume Design by
Yoshiko Samejima 
 
Makeup Department
Yoshiko Matsumoto .... hair stylist
Junjirô Yamada .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Hiroshi Nezu .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yoshimitsu Banno .... assistant director (as Yoshimitsu Sakano)
Toshi Kaneko .... assistant director
Yasuyoshi Tajitsu .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kôichi Hamamura .... property master
Jun Sakuma .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Ichirô Minawa .... sound effects editor
Mimachi Norase .... chief sound assistant
Fumio Yanoguchi .... sound
Shoichi Yoshizawa .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masao Fukuda .... still photographer
Shigeru Mori .... lighting technician
Katsumi Murakami .... assistant lighting technician
Takao Saitô .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Chozo Kobata .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Mitsugu Narita .... production assistant
Teruyo Nogami .... script supervisor
Yûichi Yoshitake .... acting office
Georges Goldfayn .... french subtitles by (uncredited)
H.L. Govaers .... french subtitles by (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Donzoko" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
137 min | 125 min
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Certification:
Australia:M (2007) | Finland:K-3 (new rating: 2001) | Finland:S (until 2001) | UK:PG | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16
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Director Trademark: [Akira Kurosawa] [weather]In Kurosawa's films, heavy wind is usually used to convey the atmosphere of emotional chaos and disorder, which is why the wind is heard all throughout the film. After the plot's climax, there's a long rainy scene with a somber mood.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Claustrophobic!, 20 October 2009
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

I didn't know Kurosawa had even done a version of "The Lower Depths." I was very pleased with it. It took time to get the hang of all the characters. They came and went and I finally set my anchor on the landlord and his wife to help me to sort them all out. This film grows on you as you make your way from one conflict, one despairing soul to another. There are wonderful choreographed events and scenes, despite people being stuck in that one little room, in building where people hear garbage hit the roof. There is one scene in every one of Kurosawa's movies that I will always remember. I won't spoil it, but it comes at the very end. While these guys are down and out, they have so much personality and so much life; unfortunately, they have had their dreams crushed.

Yes Mifune is very good and dominates the screen, but I was equally impressed with the actor who played "Gramps." He is the wise one, the one who tries to keep it all together and make the place less of a hell on earth. He speaks with modesty and restraint and, because he has had a past, tries to prevent, especially Mifune from messing up his life.

One thing I need to get used to from watching so many of Kurosawa's movies is the wailing and screeching of the women. Is this a Japanese trait because hysterics play such a role in so many films.

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