By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of 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 Kurosawa’s life. And all of his hopes, fears, and artistic passion are on fervent display in this, his gloriously shot first color film.

  1. Akira Kurosawa

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Shûgorô Yamamoto


  3. Hideo Oguni


  4. Shinobu Hashimoto


Top Billed Cast

  1. Yoshitaka Zushi


  2. Kin Sugai

    Kin Sugai


  3. Toshiyuki Tonomura

    Taro Sawagami

  4. Shinsuke Minami

    Ryotaro Sawagami

  5. Yûko Kusunoki

    Yûko Kusunoki

    Misao Sawagami

Full Cast & Crew




Original Title どですかでん

Status Released

Release Information

  • October 1, 1970


Original Language Japanese

Runtime 2h 20m

Budget -

Revenue -



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