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Clickety-Clack (Dodesukaden) (1970)

Clickety-Clack (Dodesukaden) (1970)

Clickety-Clack (Dodesukaden)

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Dodes'ka-Den (aka Dodesukaden) was Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's first project since Red Beard (1965), and his first ever in color. Kurosawa focuses this time on Tokyo slum life. We watch as a variety of unfortunates debase themselves to survive, yet, somehow, emerge with more innate dignity than the so-called "better" people. While it seems inconceivable that Dodes'ka-Den would fail at the box office, fail it did upon its original release. The Japanese distributors hastily pared down the film's 244 minutes to 140 (unfortunately destroying the original negative in the process), but this version also came a cropper. It was the negative reaction to Dodes'ka-Den, which allegedly prompted Kurosawa to attempt suicide. Happily, he survived to reclaim his industry stature with 1976's Dersu Uzala. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Yoshitaka Zushi
as Rokkuchan
Kin Sugai
as Rokkuchan's Mother
Toshiyuki Tonomura
as Taro Sawagami
Jitsuko Yoshimura
as Yoshie Kawaguchi
Hideko Okiyama
as Masuda's Wife
Tatsuo Matsumara
as Kyota Watanaka
Kazuo Kato
as Painter
Junzaburo Ban
as Yukichi Shima
Kiyoko Tange
as Mrs. Shima
Hisashi Igawa
as Masuo Masuda
Kunie Tanaka
as Hatsutaro Kawaguchi
Koji Mitsui
as Bartender
Yűko Kusunoki
as Misao Sawagami
Tomoko Yamazaki
as Kyota's Step Daughte...
Hiroyuki Kawase
as Beggar's Son
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Critic Reviews for Clickety-Clack (Dodesukaden)

All Critics (7)

This was one of Kurosawa's rare films set in modern times - though it has a lyrical, almost fairy tale quality that makes it feel like it could have been plucked out of ancient mythology.

Full Review… | November 22, 2010
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The ultimate effect is the cinematic equivalent of a neon sign: full of flash and color, but never illuminating.

Full Review… | April 20, 2010
Film Snobbery

Everything else feels so hollow and occasionally phony, that its hard not to view the film as one of Kurosawas weakest efforts.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009
Movie Metropolis

more sober and cynical than sentimental and cathartic, a pre-cursor to the bleak, destitute cosmos of Harmony Korine and Larry Clarke

Full Review… | April 13, 2009
Filmcritic.com

even if the film does not stand up with Kurosawa's better known works, it is still an intriguing, if only semi-successful, experiment that suggests the great director's willingess to expand his palette

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
Q Network Film Desk

Dodes'ka-den's forgotten souls enact their tribulations only in brief, impressionistic strokes, as apt to lapse into candy-coated reverie as they are to stare down the demons of fiscal and moral poverty.

Full Review… | March 17, 2009
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Clickety-Clack (Dodesukaden)

½

Watched most of this. Interesting, but couldn't entirely warm to it. A lot happening, yet nothing.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

the watching of this film was bitter sweet for me. bitter because this is the last of kurosawa's films that i needed to see, ive watched all 30, and there are no more purely kurosawa films left for me to pursue (although i can go after the few that he worked on in smaller capacities). watching this film was sweet in that i can now emphatically say that kurosawa never made a film that was even average or worse. some werent great but they were all good enough to recommend and watch more than once. as for this film, kurosawa's first color piece is a beautiful one. the film details the lives of many people living in a slum together, and while it never really crosses the stories over it is more a commentary on slum life and human nature. depravity reigns heavy and many of the stories were incredibly touching despite the lack of hope the characters face. the cinematography and art direction were especially impressive, and i was overcome with the reality of how unfortunate it is that this film was so unsuccessful that it drove kurosawa to a suicide attempt, which was ironic considering a character in the film attempts suicide and is tricked by the crafty old man into seeing that life is valuable. a beautiful and worthwhile film.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

½

With "Dodes 'Ka-Den," Akira Kurosawa goes against the grain in depicting a shantytown, with only a handful scenes set outside of its boundary, by not going the neorealist route. Instead of muting the color schemes to make the situation look as bleak as possible, the color palette here is as bright as possible to connote a vibrant, if struggling, community. This does not mean he is romanticizing or glamorizing the lives of the denizens, as the tragedies and heartbreaks of their daily lives take center stage in a series of vignettes.

And the first scene of "Dodes 'Ka-Den" sets the stage for everything else that follows with a young man(Yoshitaka Zushi) praying with his mother(Kin Sugai) before going off to work. But it is an imaginary job, as he only dreams of driving a trolley(dreams play a huge role in the movie), venturing away from home as the viewer is introduced to his fellow characters. With him, Akira Kurosawa seems to be saying that as long as he is not hurting anyone, where is the harm? This stands for the other characters, too, despite their flaws and handicaps.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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