Clickety-Clack (Dodes'ka-den)(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 Daughter
as Beggar's Son
as Old Man
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Critic Reviews for Clickety-Clack (Dodes'ka-den)(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 (Dodes'ka-den)(Dodesukaden)
Watched most of this. Interesting, but couldn't entirely warm to it. A lot happening, yet nothing.
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.
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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