Dodes' Ka–Den

Made in 1970, this film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1972. This is Kurosawa's first color film, and there seems to be an almost psychedelic overlay to his production palette. The story revolves around a collection of characters held together only by the frayed thread of poverty. Rokkuchan (Yoshitaka Zushi), a teenager with the mind of a boy, is obsessed with trolley cars. He draws them from every angle in vivid colors. His despondent mother (Kin Sugai) hangs them lovingly on the walls and windows of their simple home. To escape the pain of poverty, Kurosawa's slum dwellers have taken refuge in illusion.

Approx. run time 139 mins

Film & Video
Akira Kurosawa
Mei Ah Laser Disc Co.
Original Language

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