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Dodes'ka-den (1970)
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Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Original name: どですかでん
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son envisioning their dream house; the young woman abused by her uncle; the boy who imagines himself a trolley conductor—finds reasons to carry on. The unforgettable Dodes’ka-den was made at a tumultuous moment in Kurosawa’s life. And all of his hopes, fears, and artistic passion are on fervent display in this, his gloriously shot first color film.
Style: touching, meditative, compassionate, depressing, emotional, atmospheric, gloomy, sincere, semi serious, reflective ...
Plot: poverty, social differences, slum, life is a bitch, working class, redemption, hopes, youth, misfit, parents and children, human spirit, family problems, human nature, down on your luck, character study, unlikely friendships, tragedy, dysfunctional family, family relations, rich and poor, urban ghetto life, mentally challenged, society, power relations, desperation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia

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Duration: 95 min.
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 157 min.
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