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Clickety-Clack (Dodes'ka-den)(Dodesukaden) (1970)




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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, Rovi


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
Yûko Kusunoki
as Misao Sawagami
Tomoko Yamazaki
as Kyota's Step Daughter
Hiroyuki Kawase
as Beggar's Son
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Critic Reviews for Clickety-Clack (Dodes'ka-den)(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.

November 22, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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

April 20, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Film Snobbery

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

July 29, 2009 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
Movie Metropolis

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

April 13, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5

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

March 30, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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.

March 17, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Clickety-Clack (Dodes'ka-den)(Dodesukaden)


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

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Much like a companion piece to Kurosawa's earlier film The Lower Depths. However, there is a greater ensemble aspect in this film, whereas in The Lower Depths the story of Mifune was at the centre. I had read some mixed reviews about this film, but by the end I was convinced that this is a very good film which highlights the existential angst of poor people and also has a humane aspect to it. The multiple story lines are not very interesting at first, which is probably the only criticism of the film. However, about half way through everything falls into place and the film is very interesting to watch. Katsuko's storyline is the most watchable. The scene where she is raped by her adoptive father is very horrifying and unsettling. Kurosawa treads a very fine line throughout this film between sentimentalizing his character's and their plight. At times it feels that he is, at others it feels that he is not. Another criticism is that it was a bit excessive. Highlights of the film include the artwork and the apocalyptic imagery at times. Wonderful experimentation by Kurosawa with set design in this film.


Super Reviewer


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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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