Cruel, bouleversant et désespéré, drôle et pathétique, dingue, étouffant unique et prodigieux un des plus beau film du grand maître Kurosawa. Un film comme un poème de Rimbaud un roman de Céline ou une peinture de Picasso qui ouvre des perspectives artistiques au futur tout en nous glaçant de la vérité du présent
Plays like an odd collaboration between Walt Disney & Samuel Beckett. On one level, light comedy, fantasy & childish sentiment; on the other, the brutal reality expressed through abstract imagery & bizarre, theatrical scenes. The effect can be odd & disengaging, but entirely unique. The only thing more dazzling than Kurosawa's experiments with colour, light & composition is the sensitivity he shows to his characters.
The most experimental of all of Kurosawa's films I've seen thus far (almost all)... Not a perfect film by any means (which came as a shock to me because most Kurosawa's are completely perfect) But I respect Kurosawa all the more for making this film. It displays his characteristic desire to explore the nature of humanity and in this case, humanity in desperation. Could definitely see the Dostoyevsky influence here
Absolutely sublime humanistic cinema as always from Kurosawa. Perhaps one of my favourite of his gendaigeki films, there are scenes which make your heart ache, your anger boil, your faith in humanity die and then resurrect all in the same scene, bloody wonderful stuff.
In retrospect, it's easy to see why this was a commercial failure when it was released, and the performances don't help much, as many of the actors mug for all they're worth. Still, for a Kurosawa fan, this is worth watching just to see him play with colour and light on a new style of canvas for the first time, and the film's gentle humanism lingers after it's over.
Good intentions don't make good movies. Kurosawa really wasn's thinking at all, as this is a picture about nothing, full of breath-taking images that really reflect an absence of thought about anything other than a sort of naive conception of "cinematic expressionism".There's no life in the shots and the movie never costructs its own time. All we have left is a sentimental, boring movie about people living in slums.
The first hour was incredibly uneven, but eventually it felt as if Kurosawa finally found his footing and the end result is very beautiful, moving at times and incredibly humanistic. The colors and production design were just out of this world and for a first color effort, this is just amazing to look at. Despite it's flaws, it's human moments remind me of why Kurosawa is my all time favorite filmmaker.
I admire Dodes’ka-den's ambitious scope and wonderful color, but it is very uneven. I think this film could have been great had Kurosawa decided to collaborate with some animators on an epic cartoon. As it is, I think The Lower Depths is a better treatment of similar material.