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820 Ratings



Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Japan, 1970


Dodes’ka-den follows the daily lives of a group of people scraping by in a slum near Tokyo. Each of them—the homeless father and son envisioning their dream house; the young woman abused by her uncle; the boy who imagines himself a trolley conductor—finds reasons to carry on.

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Dodes'ka-den Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Critics reviews

It’s a kaleidoscopic maelstrom of suffering that simultaneously evokes a sense of realism and intensifies the inherent artificiality of both its characters’ fantastical bearings and the filmmaking itself.
February 02, 2018
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The film remains intensely personal; its central theme of finding refuge in dreams reflects the joy Kurosawa experienced in making movies. It’s not a perfect work—some of the episodes feel simplistic or overly sentimental—but it contains enough splendorous moments to make it worth seeing, especially on celluloid.
February 02, 2018
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