Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Dodes'ka-den" - by Akira Kurosawa

Dodes'ka-den - by Akira Kurosawa is a feature film of legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

Dodes'ka-den has no protagonists or plotlines. It considers the lives of a community of people living atop a Tokyo trash heap and the dreams and beliefs that keep them alive. The characters include a mildly-retarded teen who behaves as being a trolley conductor in charge of a important activities, two wife-husband-swapping couples, the many children of a promiscuous woman and the man who adopeted them, a broken-down man in his eternal dream of building a house to a son, a withdrawn girl and her lecherous stepfather, an old tinkerer that keeps the community running.

Kurosawa said about the film: "you want to let a train called dreams run."