Donzoko (The Lower Depths)
Donzoko (The Lower Depths) (1957)

Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa transferred the setting of Maxim Gorky's play The Lower Depths from Imperial Russia to his own country's Edo Period--which, like Gorky's 19th-century setting, was an era of great cultural… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1957
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

This is the purpose of the picture, to make one suffer and sympathize with them. Kurosawa's darkly imagistic technique achieves this depressing aim.

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Louis Proyect

Bleak comedy about a virtual flophouse in Edo-period Japan based on Gorky's play. Top-flight ensemble performance.

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Jake Euker

For the first hour and fifteen minutes of the movie, we make only limited excursions out of the tenement, and it begins to feel as though we've moved in ourselves. Kurosawa may have intended this, but it doesn't make for very satisfying viewing.

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Bruce Bruce
This is part of the criterion collection, a early Black and White from Japan, with English subtitles, Kind of boring at first but as it plays out you can't… More
Confusing at the beginning, but around the hour mark everything begins to make sense. It's a shame I have not read Maxim Gorky's story that this film… More
danny d
really intersting film. a movie by kurosawa about poverty and the people who live in it. there are some very profound things in this film and i think it… More
Antonius Block
At one point the sage in this story, an elderly man who has happened across the denizens of a slum, tells them that they must ask themselves why a young girl… More