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680 Ratings



Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Japan, 1970


By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s Dodes’ka-den follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Kurosawa’s gloriously shot first color film displays all of his hopes, fears, and artistic passion.

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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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