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Dodes'ka-den (1970)
"Dodesukaden" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  9 June 1971 (USA)
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Various tales in the lives of Tokyo slum dwellers, including a mentally deficient young man obsessed with driving his own commuter trolley.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoshitaka Zushi ...
Kin Sugai ...
Okuni
Toshiyuki Tonomura ...
Taro Sawagami
Shinsuke Minami ...
Ryotaro Sawagami
Yûko Kusunoki ...
Misao Sawagami
Junzaburô Ban ...
Yukichi Shima
Kiyoko Tange ...
Mrs. Shima
Michio Hino ...
Mr. Ikawa
Keiji Furuyama ...
Mr. Matsui
Tappei Shimokawa ...
Mr. Nomoto
Kunie Tanaka ...
Hatsutaro Kawaguchi
Jitsuko Yoshimura ...
Yoshie Kawaguchi
Hisashi Igawa ...
Masuo Masuda
Hideko Okiyama ...
Tatsu Masuda
Tatsuo Matsumura ...
Kyota Watanaka
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Episodes from the lives of a group of Tokyo slum-dwellers: Rokkuchan, an intellectually disabled 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. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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1.37 : 1
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The Sound of the Streetcar
18 January 2010 | by (New Orleans) – See all my reviews

The title is onomatopoeic, the sound of a streetcar clacking on the rails. It is metaphoric for all that the people who live in the dump cannot have. The misery of those people is illustrated by the passing streetcar which represents the relatively unobtainable rich life of the middle class. The pathos of the little boy and his beloved yet sadly insane father is most touching. This was Kurosawa's first film in colour and he uses beautifully shocking hues, colours seen only in dreams. The movie is surreal and surpassing in beauty. The compassion for humanity is the underling force, but as always, Kurosawa is focused on capturing the beauty of the film. It is a masterwork by a genius of cinema.


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