Mar 25, 2020
It was his long-awaited return after a string of high-profile projects withered on the vine, and also his first film shot in color. A sense of release is evident from the opening shots, as Kurosawa splashes colors across the screen like an action painter.
Jan 10, 2020
That so good a film is left intact bears witness to the success of the original.
Jul 3, 2018
It's a film with a rather strange surface, extending even to stylistic mannerisms we don't expect from a director whose best work can be so naturalistic. But underneath there's still the love and regard for characters...
Feb 2, 2018
Dodes'ka-den may be fanciful in its depiction of poverty, but this comes from a desire to humanize people marginalized by society.
Nov 22, 2010
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.
Apr 20, 2010
The ultimate effect is the cinematic equivalent of a neon sign: full of flash and color, but never illuminating.
Jul 29, 2009
Everything else feels so hollow and occasionally phony, that its hard not to view the film as one of Kurosawas weakest efforts.
Apr 13, 2009
more sober and cynical than sentimental and cathartic, a pre-cursor to the bleak, destitute cosmos of Harmony Korine and Larry Clarke
Mar 30, 2009
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
Mar 17, 2009
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.