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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 3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
beautiful/tragic character study 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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The artwork used as the cover of the region-one Criterion Collection DVD is Akira Kurosawa's original artwork for the film.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
beautiful/tragic character study, 10 July 2010
Author: gerold-firl from United States

Dodes'ka-den is the monotonous sound of the trolley clickety-clacking down the rails; the mindless drone of a brain damaged or retarded "trolley freak" acting out his repetitive fantasy in the Tokyo city dump where he lives with his long-suffering mother; and, a cinematic masterpiece from Kurosawa.

The film doesn't have a traditional plot, it's a snapshot of the lives of a strange ensemble of characters who live in the dump. (In much of the third world today, municipal dumps are inhabited by poor people who scavenge trash to make their living. It wasn't that long ago that the same was true in the US, by the way. In the late 1800's the NYC dump was home to a population of desperate scavengers too.) Kurosawa does his usual brilliant job of creating a full spectrum of characters, except that here most of them are damaged and dysfunctional. Kurosawa is loved for his portrayals of honor, courage, and heroism. Some find it more difficult to appreciate his unblinking examination of loss, failure, wickedness and despair. This film lays bare some of the dark corners of the human heart, and presents the full spectrum of human reality, warts and all - but with an emphasis on the warts.

It's not a dark film nonetheless. These tragic blighted lives are shown with zen clarity and humor. We see a cross-section of human psychology, both good and bad, and the genius of Kurosawa makes it clear that each of us share the feelings and foibles of these Tokyo dregs.

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