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Dodes'ka-den -- By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo.

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Director:
Writers:
Akira Kurosawa (screenplay) &
Hideo Oguni (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
9 June 1971 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Various tales in the lives of Tokyo slum dwellers, including a mentally deficient young man obsessed with driving his own commuter trolley. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Sad Stories in the Slums of Tokyo See more (22 total) »

Cast

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Yoshitaka Zushi ... Roku-chan
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
Imari Tsuji ... Otane Watanaka
Tomoko Yamazaki ... Katsuko Watanaka
Masahiko Kametani ... Okabe
Hiroshi Akutagawa ... Hei
Tomoko Naraoka ... Ochô
Noboru Mitani ... Beggar
Hiroyuki Kawase ... Beggar's Son
Akemi Negishi ... Good-Looking Housewife
Eimei Esumi ... Detective
Minoru Takashima ... Policeman
Kazuo Katô ... Painter
Michiko Araki ... Restaurant proprietress
Toki Shiozawa ... Waitress
Masakazu Kuwayama ... Western-style restaurant owner
Hiroshi Kiyama ... Sushi Shop Proprietor
Kôji Mitsui ... Foodstand owner
Jerry Fujio ... Kichi the Carpenter Bee (as Jierî Fujio)
Masahiko Tanimura ... Mr. Sô
Atsushi Watanabe ... Mr. Tanba
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Suicidal Old Man
Sanji Kojima ... Thief
Kayako Sono ... Kichi's Wife
Yoshiko Maki ... 2nd Wife
Toshiko Sakurai ... 3rd Wife
Toriko Takahara ... 5th Wife
Matsue Ono ... 4th Wife
Reiko Niimura ... 1st Wife
Akira Hitomi ... 1st Man Calling Out
Shôji Ichimura ... 3rd Man calling out
Shin Ibuki ... 5th Man Calling Out
Masanari Nihei ... 4th Man calling out
Takashi Ebata ... 2nd Man calling out (as Kanji Ebata)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Minoko Kaizuka ... Kumanbachi's second child (uncredited)

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
Akira Kurosawa (screenplay) &
Hideo Oguni (screenplay) &
Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)

Shûgorô Yamamoto (novel "Kisetsu no nai machi")

Produced by
Kon Ichikawa .... planner
Keisuke Kinoshita .... planner
Masaki Kobayashi .... planner
Akira Kurosawa .... planner
Akira Kurosawa .... producer
Yôichi Matsue .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tôru Takemitsu 
 
Cinematography by
Yasumichi Fukuzawa 
Takao Saitô 
 
Film Editing by
Reiko Kaneko 
 
Art Direction by
Shinobu Muraki 
Yoshirô Muraki 
 
Costume Design by
Miyuki Suzuki 
 
Makeup Department
Sakai Nakao .... hair stylist
Shozo Takahashi .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Hiroshi Nezu .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Koji Hashimoto .... assistant director
Yoshisuke Kawasaki .... assistant director
Kenjirô Ohmori .... assistant director
Nobumitsu Takizawa .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Akio Nojima .... property master
Tsuneo Shimura .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Ichirô Minawa .... sound effects editor
Hiromitsu Mori .... sound recordist
Mamoru Yamada .... sound assistant
Fumio Yanoguchi .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Naomi Hashiyama .... still photographer
Shinji Kojima .... assistant lighting technician
Hiromitsu Mori .... lighting technician
Daisaku Omura .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Reiko Kaneko .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Isamu Miwano .... transportation
 
Other crew
Shoichi Koga .... production assistant
Shôji Nakayama .... production assistant
Teruyo Nogami .... script supervisor
Etsuo Yamamoto .... acting office
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dodesukaden" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
140 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
His portrayal of the beggar was Noboru Mitani's first film role in a career that continues to be active after more than 60 feature films and over 35 years.See more »

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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Sad Stories in the Slums of Tokyo, 2 October 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Dô desu ka den" is the first colored movie of Master Akira Kurosawa, and surprisingly is not about samurais, ronins, warlords or battlefields. It is inside a very poor community in a slum in Tokyo, where the dwellers are homeless drunkards, beggars, tramps, abused women, losers. I do not know the reason why Kurosawa selected this tragic theme and environment to put colors, but indeed they are very sad stories, some of them heart-breaking. I personally like the touching story of the boy and his father that dream with a house of their own and built by them; the story of the retarded boy that believes he pilots a train; the story of the man that raises five children as if they were their own sons and daughters; and the story of the young woman abused by her stepfather. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Dodeskaden – O Caminho da Vida" ("Dodeskaden – The Way of the Life")

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