1970 **** 140 mins.

Although far from Kurosawa's best, Dodes'ka-den is still a passionately directed and beautifully shot film. This being Kurosawa's first film in color, it had better be beautiful, right? Well, have no doubt. The visuals in the film often outweigh the touching stories presented, be it for better or worse. After all, the stories often aren't captivating enough to hold the viewer's attention for the two hour and twenty minute running time of the film. In the slums of the outskirts of Tokyo, a group of people live their lives with various afflictions. Many of them thrive on the fantasies they create for themselves. A very intriguing film, indeed.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Kurosawa preferred aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Not rated; contains sexual innuendo.

Yoshitaka Zushi + Tomoko Naraoka + Hisashi Igawa

Based on the Novel "City Without Seasons" by
Shugoro Yamamoto

Screenplay by
Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa, and Hideo Oguni

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa

DODES'KA-DEN in The Criterion Collection

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