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Dodes Ka-den (Dodesukaden) (1970)

Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Zushi Yoshitaka, Sugai Kin, Tonomura Toshiyuki, Minami Shinsuke, Kusunoki Yu-ko. Follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. As desperate as their circumstances may seem, each of them, including the homeless father and son who dream of a home; the young woman hiding from the abuse she receives from her uncle; and a young boy who dreams of being a trolley conductor, find reasons to carry on. Based on: Kisetsu no nai machi by Yamamoto Shu-goro-. Special DVD features: "Akira Kurosawa: it is wonderful to create:" a documentary about the making of the film, including interviews with director Akira Kurosawa, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami, actor Yoshitaka Zushi, and other memebers of the cast and crew (36 min.); theatrical trailer; booklet includes an essay by film historian, Stephen Prince and a new interview with Nogami. 140 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Desser, David "The Place of Dodeskaden." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, 2000 Fall, 20:1, 68-78.
Reviews and articles: Desser, David "The Place of Dodeskaden." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, 2000 Fall, 20:1, 68-78.

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