Clickety-Clack (Dodesukaden)
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Clickety-Clack (Dodesukaden)
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"more sober and cynical than sentimental and cathartic, a pre-cursor to the bleak, destitute cosmos of Harmony Korine and Larry Clarke"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"The execution is rather crude."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The ultimate effect is the cinematic equivalent of a neon sign: full of flash and color, but never illuminating."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Snobbery
"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"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Everything else feels so hollow and occasionally phony, that its hard not to view the film as one of Kurosawas weakest efforts."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"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."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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