Clickety-Clack (Dodesukaden) (1970)
Clickety-Clack (Dodesukaden) (1970)
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as Rokkuchan's Mother
as Taro Sawagami
as Yoshie Kawaguchi
as Masuda's Wife
as Kyota Watanaka
as Yukichi Shima
as Mrs. Shima
as Masuo Masuda
as Hatsutaro Kawaguchi
as Misao Sawagami
as Kyota's Step Daughte...
as Beggar's Son
as Old Man
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Critic Reviews for Clickety-Clack (Dodesukaden)
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.
The ultimate effect is the cinematic equivalent of a neon sign: full of flash and color, but never illuminating.
Everything else feels so hollow and occasionally phony, that its hard not to view the film as one of Kurosawas weakest efforts.
more sober and cynical than sentimental and cathartic, a pre-cursor to the bleak, destitute cosmos of Harmony Korine and Larry Clarke
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
Audience Reviews for Clickety-Clack (Dodesukaden)
Watched most of this. Interesting, but couldn't entirely warm to it. A lot happening, yet nothing.
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.
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.
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