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Dodes'ka-Den Details

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Dodes'ka-Den (aka Dodesukaden) was Japanese filmmaker [[Performer~P98309~Akira Kurosawa~akirakurosawa]]'s first project since [[Feature~V40662~Red Beard~redbeard]] (1965), and his first ever in color. [[Performer~P98309~Kurosawa~akirakurosawa]] 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 [[Performer~P98309~Kurosawa~akirakurosawa]] to attempt suicide. Happily, he survived to reclaim his industry stature with 1976's [[Feature~V13328~Dersu Uzala~dersuuzala]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Akira Kurosawa Film Presented 1971 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Akira Kurosawa Best Foreign Language Film 1971 Nominee

Cast

Yoshitaka Zushi
as Rokkuchan
Kin Sugai
as Rokkuchan's Mother
Toshiyuki Tonomura
as Taro Sawagami
Kamatari Fujiwara
as Old Man
Kiyoko Tange
as Mrs. Shima
Hiroyuki Kawase
as Beggar's Son
Hisashi Igawa
as Masuo Masuda
Jitsuko Yoshimura
as Yoshie Kawaguchi
Hideko Okiyama
as Masuda's Wife
Kunie Tanaka
as Hatsutaro Kawaguchi
Noboru Mitani
as Beggar
Hiroshi Akutagawa
as Hei
Junzaburo Ban
as Yukichi Shima
Koji Mitsui
as Bartender
Tomoko Yamazaki
as Kyota's Step Daughter
Akemi Negishi
as Girl

Crew

Akira Kurosawa
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Producer
Keisuke Kinoshita
Producer
Kon Ichikawa
Producer
Masaki Kobayashi
Producer
Shinobu Hashimoto
Screenwriter
Shugoro Yamamoto
Book Author
Akira Kurosawa
Screenwriter
Hideo Oguni
Screenwriter
Yasumichi Fukuzawa
Cinematographer
Takao Saito
Cinematographer
Toru Takemitsu
Composer (Music Score)
Shinobu Muraki
Production Designer
Yoshiro Muraki
Production Designer
Yoshiro Muraki
Art Director
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