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Lower Depths (The)

Country: Japan, Language: Japanese, 137 mins

Original Title

Donzoko
  • Director: Akira Kurosawa
  • Writer: Maxim Gorky; Akira Kurosawa
  • Producer: Akira Kurosawa; Sôjirô Motoki

CGiii Comment

Based on Gorky........without any injection of imagination.

The snobbery of the film world will declare this tedium to be a masterpiece - it is not, far from it.

The play is mediocre and this is filmed as if it were on stage - neglecting the power of the visual and relying, squarely, on the monotonal, lengthy dialogue.

Indescribably insufferable.

Cast & Characters

Toshiro Mifune as Sutekichi the Thief;
Isuzu Yamada as Osugi the Landlady;
Kyoko Kagawa as Okayo, Osugi's Sister;
Ganjiro Nakamura as Rokubei, Osugi's Husband;
Minoru Chiaki as Former Samurai;
Kamatari Fujiwara as The Actor;
Akemi Negishi as Osen the Prostitute;
Nijiko Kiyokawa as Otaki the Candy-Seller;
Koji Mitsui as Yoshisaburo the Gambler;
Eijiro Tono as Tomekichi the Tinker;
Haruo Tanaka as Tatsu;
Eiko Miyoshi as Asa, Tomekichi's Wife;
Bokuzen Hidari as Kahei the Pilgrim;
Atsushi Watanabe as Kuna;
Kichijiro Ueda as Shimazo the Police Agent