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Dodes'ka-den (1970)

Dodesukaden (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 17 October 1974 (USA)
Various tales in the lives of Tokyo slum dwellers, including a mentally deficient young man obsessed with driving his own commuter trolley.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa

Writers:

Akira Kurosawa (screenplay), Hideo Oguni (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoshitaka Zushi Yoshitaka Zushi ... Roku-chan
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai ... Okuni
Toshiyuki Tonomura Toshiyuki Tonomura ... Taro Sawagami
Shinsuke Minami Shinsuke Minami ... Ryotaro Sawagami
Yûko Kusunoki Yûko Kusunoki ... Misao Sawagami
Junzaburô Ban Junzaburô Ban ... Yukichi Shima
Kiyoko Tange Kiyoko Tange ... Mrs. Shima
Michio Hino Michio Hino ... Mr. Ikawa
Keiji Furuyama Keiji Furuyama ... Mr. Matsui
Tappei Shimokawa Tappei Shimokawa ... Mr. Nomoto
Kunie Tanaka ... Hatsutaro Kawaguchi
Jitsuko Yoshimura ... Yoshie Kawaguchi
Hisashi Igawa ... Masuo Masuda
Hideko Okiyama Hideko Okiyama ... Tatsu Masuda
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Kyota Watanaka
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Storyline

An anthology of overlapping vignettes exploring the lives of a variety of characters who happen to live in a suburbial shantytown atop a rubbish dump: The boy Roku-chan lives in a fantasy world in which he is a tram conductor. In his fantasy world, he is both the tram and the tram driver and follows a set route and schedule through the dump, reciting the refrain "Dodeska-den", "clickety-clack", mimicking the sound of his vehicle. Ryotaro, a hairbrush maker by trade, is saddled with supporting many children whom his unfaithful wife Misao[c] has conceived in different adulterous affairs, but is wholeheartedly devoted to them. A pair of drunken day laborers (Masuda and Kawaguchi) who engage in wife-swapping, only to return to their own wives the next day as though nothing has happened. A stoic, bleak man named Hei is frequented by Ocho who appears to be his ex-wife, and he watches emotionless as she takes care of his domestic chores. Shima, the man with the tic, is always defending his ... Written by lament

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Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 October 1974 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the earliest films to depict an autistic character (Roku-chan) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Roku-chan: I know I often ask this, but please listen to me, dear Buddha. Please make my mother smarter.
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Underrated Kurosawa
19 April 2000 | by Progbear-4See all my reviews

This one tends to get slighted by a lot of critics and Kurosawa fans, but I thought it was wonderful. It's an episodic multi-character study of Tokyo's poorest, who live in a city literally made from garbage. Though it looks like an A-Bomb just hit, the film has a sort of serene beauty thanks to the glorious use of Technicolor. The title comes from the sound made by the insane young man who drives an imaginary trolley through the slum. All the characters were wonderful and all the stories engrossing, but perhaps the most tragic concerns the man and his young son who live in an abandoned car. When not searching for food, they spend their spare time using their imagination to build their dream house. An emotionally moving and beautiful film.


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