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The Lower Depths Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa transferred the setting of Maxim Gorky's play The Lower Depths from Imperial Russia to his own country's Edo Period--which, like Gorky's 19th-century setting, was an era of great cultural advances, offset by the miseries of those who weren't in the aristocracy. Kurosawa's film concentrates on Toshiro Mifune, playing a crooked gambler who falls in love with the sister (Kyoko Kagawa) of his cruel landlady (Isuzu Yamada). Herself carrying a torch for Mifune, the landlady exacts a roundabout revenge by killing her own husband and pinning the blame on the gambler. As the landlady descends into madness, those whom she has treated wretchedly laugh at her plight. Originally titled Donzoko, The Lower Depths was renamed Isuzu Yamada for its French release--the same title bestowed upon Jean Renoir's 1937 adaptation of the Gorky play. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 10, 1937

Cast

Toshiro Mifune
as Sutekichi, the thief
Isuzu Yamada
as Osugi, the Landlady
Kyoko Kagawa
as Okayo, her sister
Bokuzen Hidari
as Kahei, the priest
Ganjiro Nakamura
as Rokubei, her husband
Eiko Miyoshi
as Asa, his wife
Kichijiro Ueda
as Police Agent
Kamatari Fujiwara
as The Actor
Yu Fujiki
as Unokichi
Haruo Tanaka
as Tatsu
Koji Mitsui
as Yoshisaburo, the gambler
Akemi Negishi
as Osen, the prostitute
Nijiko Kiyokawa
as Otaki
Eijiro Tono
as Tomekichi, the tinker
Minoru Chiaki
as The Ex-Samurai

Crew

Akira Kurosawa
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Producer
Shojiro Motoki
Producer
Akira Kurosawa
Screenwriter
Hideo Oguni
Screenwriter
Maxim Gorky
Play Author
Shinobu Hashimoto
Screenwriter
Masaru Sato
Composer (Music Score)
Akira Kurosawa
Editor
Yoshiro Muraki
Production Designer
Shinobu Muraki
Production Designer
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