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Dodes’ka-den

Akira Kurosawa

 
Dodes’ka-den (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1970
  • 144 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #465

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. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, 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. The unforgettable Dodes’ka-den was made at a tumultuous moment in Kurosawa’s life. And all of his hopes, fears, and artistic passion are on fervent display in this, his gloriously shot first color film.

Cast

RokkuchanYoshitaka Zushi
Rokkuchan's motherKin Sugai
ShimaJunzaburo Ban
Shima’s wifeKiyoko Tange
MasudaHisashi Igawa
Tatsu, Masuda’s wifeHideko Okiyama
KawaguchiKunie Tanaka
Yoshiko, Kawaguchi’s wifeJitsuko Yoshimura
Ryo SawagamiShinsuke Minami
Sawagami’s wifeYoko Kusunoki
BeggarNoboru Mitani
Beggar’s sonHiroyuki Kawase
HeiHiroshi Akutagawa

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, a 36-minute documentary created as part of the 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 a new essay by film historian Stephen Prince and a new interview with Nogami

    Cover painting by Akira Kurosawa

Film Essays

Dodes’ka-den: True Colors

By Stephen Prince March 10, 2009

Akira Kurosawa made Dodes’ka-den (1970) during the most crisis-laden period of his career. He had just spent two years embroiled in an ill-fated venture with the Hollywood studio Twentieth . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Dodes’ka-den

By Barbara Scharres January 08, 1996

Dodes’ka-den was made at a low point in Akira Kurosawa’s long career-perhaps the lowest that the director has ever known. In the preface of the filmmaker’s autobiography, critic and translator . . . Read more »

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Features

Dodes’ka-den: A Conversation with Teruyo Nogami

March 18, 2009

Writer, critic, and film lecturer Teruyo Nogami also served as one of Akira Kurosawa’s principal assistants. Hired as script supervisor on 1950’s Rashomon, Nogami went on to work on all of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Dodes’ka-den: True Colors

By Stephen Prince March 10, 2009

Akira Kurosawa made Dodes’ka-den (1970) during the most crisis-laden period of his career. He had just spent two years embroiled in an ill-fated venture with the Hollywood studio Twentieth . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Dodes’ka-den

By Barbara Scharres January 08, 1996

Dodes’ka-den was made at a low point in Akira Kurosawa’s long career-perhaps the lowest that the director has ever known. In the preface of the filmmaker’s autobiography, critic and translator . . . Read more »