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Dodes'ka-Den (Criterion) (1970)

Cast: Yoshitaka Zushi, Yoshitaka Zushi, Kin Sugai, more...
Director: Akira Kurosawa, Akira Kurosawa
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Classics, Drama, Foreign, Japan, Classic Drama, Weepies, Criterion Collection, Urban Drama
Running Time: 140 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
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. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide



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Is this that British humor?
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No, actually it's mostly Japanese film.
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Akira Kurosawa
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Coming soon: Seven Samurai 3-Disc SE, remasters of Sanjuro and Yojimbo. Wish list: Criterion editions of Dodes'ka-den, The Idiot, I Live in Fear, and Scandal, and an anamorphic remaster of High and Low.
Eoliano

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