International Film Series: Dodes'ka-den (1970) (NR)
(Japanese with English subtitles) (140 minutes)
Cast: Yoshitaka Zushi, Kin Sugai, Toshiyuki Tonomura
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Awards: Academy Award Nominee (1974) for Best Foreign Language Film; Winner – Kinema Junpo Awards (1971); Mainichi Film Concours (1971); Venice Film Festival, OCIC Award (1971); and Grand Prix de l'UCC (1978).
By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film, Dodes'ka-den, follows the daily lives of a group of indigent people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son envisioning their dream house; the young woman abused by her uncle; the boy who imagines himself a trolley conductor—finds reasons to carry on. The unforgettable Dodes’ka-den was made at a tumultuous moment in Director Kurosawa’s life. And all of his hopes, fears, and artistic passion are on fervent display in this, his first film in color.
Thursday, January 31 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm
York Science Center, Brindley Auditorium
404 West 9th Avenue, Belton, TX 76513