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Director: Akira Kurosawa Cast: Yoshitaka Zushi, Kin Sugai, Toshiyuki Tonomura

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Dodes'ka-Den (aka Dodesukaden) was Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's first project since Red Beard (1965), and his first ever in color. Kurosawa focuses this time on Tokyo slum life. We watch as a variety of unfortunates debase themselves to survive, yet, somehow, emerge with more innate dignity than the so-called "better" people. While it seems inconceivable that Dodes'ka-Den would fail at the box office, fail it did upon its original release. The Japanese distributors hastily pared down the film's 244 minutes to 140 (unfortunately destroying the original negative in the process), but this version also came a cropper. It was the negative reaction to Dodes'ka-Den, which allegedly prompted Kurosawa to attempt suicide. Happily, he survived to reclaim his industry stature with 1976's Dersu Uzala.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2009
UPC: 0715515042918
Original Release: 1970
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:20:00
Sales rank: 3,077

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful To Create, a 36-minute documentary, created as part o fthe Toho Masterworks series, about the making of Dodes'ka-den, including interviews with director Akira Kurosawa, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami, actor Yoshitaka Zushi, and other members of the cast and crew; Theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: a booklet featuring new essay by film historian Stephen Prince and a new interview with Nogami

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yoshitaka Zushi Rokkuchan
Kin Sugai Rokkuchan's Mother
Toshiyuki Tonomura Taro Sawagami
Jitsuko Yoshimura Yoshie Kawaguchi
Hideko Okiyama Masuda's Wife
Tatsuo Matsumara Kyota Watanaka
Kazuo Kato Painter
Junzaburo Ban Yukichi Shima
Kiyoko Tange Mrs. Shima
Hisashi Igawa Masuo Masuda
Kunie Tanaka Hatsutaro Kawaguchi
Koji Mitsui Bartender
Yuko Kusunoki Misao Sawagami
Atsushi Watanabe Tamba
Tomoko Yamazaki Kyota's Step Daughter
Noboru Mitani Beggar
Hiroyuki Kawase Beggar's Son
Hiroshi Akutagawa Hei
Akemi Negishi Girl
Shoichi Kuwayama Cook
Kamatari Fujiwara Old Man

Technical Credits
Akira Kurosawa Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Yasumichi Fukuzawa Cinematographer
Shinobu Hashimoto Screenwriter
Kon Ichikawa Producer
Keisuke Kinoshita Producer
Masaki Kobayashi Producer
Shinobu Muraki Production Designer
Yoshiro Muraki Art Director,Production Designer
Hideo Oguni Screenwriter
Takao Saito Cinematographer
Toru Takemitsu Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dodes'ka-Den
1. Opening Credits [2:02]
2. Rokuchan [5:05]
3. Trolley Run to Tanba's [7:18]
4. Red, Yellow, and Shima [3:55]
5. The Sawagamis [2:14]
6. Katsuko and Her Uncle [4:48]
7. Building a Dream House [3:59]
8. Tale Of Hei [4:32]
9. Swapping Mates [6:37]
10. Beggar's Banquet [6:10]
11. "The Money Is Over Here" [2:59]
12. "Dodes'ka-den" [5:10]
13. Ocho's Return [7:35]
14. Rainy-Day Visions [4:46]
15. "Eating For Two" [2:36]
16. Tricks Of the Trade [7:27]
17. Angels and Demons [6:56]
18. Ryo's Children [3:54]
19. Katsuko's Aunt Returns [3:23]
20. Defending Mrs. Shima [8:43]
21. Ocho's Plea [3:37]
22. Pride [5:29]
23. Aches and Pains [4:53]
24. "No Longer a Tree" [4:06]
25. Kyota Confronted [3:27]
26. Drunk As Usual [6:02]
27. "The Worst Is Over" [3:27]
28. The Swimming Pool [4:50]
29. All In a Day's Work [3:48]
30. Color Bars [:00]
1. The Runaway Train [5:28]
2. Tora! Tora! Tora! [5:54]
3. Dodes'ka-den [5:04]
4. "Ready, Action!" [3:15]
5. First Color Film [4:36]
6. New Troupe of Actors [2:57]
7. Shima's Scene [5:17]
8. Kagemusha and Langlois [3:47]

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Dodes'ka-Den 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Chat_rond More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie years ago, which does affect my review, as the details are not so fresh in my mind. Yet, this movie left a strong mark all this time; it is one of the best movies ever made (and I have seen many). Like Ikiru, another masterpiece by Kurosawa, it is an understated study of dignity and human character. It is one of these art pieces that elicits a huge sense of compassion towards the human race. The movie depicts the lives of residents of a down and out neighbourhood in Tokyo. The characters maintain fragile livelihoods in a rigid society, striving to maintain dignity through various actions, real or imaginary.
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