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

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 31, 1970
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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.

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Chris Cabin

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

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The execution is rather crude.

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Phil Hall
Film Snobbery

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

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Watched most of this. Interesting, but couldn't entirely warm to it. A lot happening, yet nothing.
Antonius Block
This film is likely to divide people into those who love it and those who hate it. On the one hand, you have to admire Kurosawa's unflinching portraits of… More
danny d
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… More
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… More
Walter M.
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… More