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Tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s first color film follows the daily lives of people barely scraping by in a slum on Tokyo’s outskirts. Despite their desperate circumstances, 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. All of his hopes, fears, and artistic passion are on fervent display in this gloriously shot film. (Dir.: Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1970, 144 min., 35mm, Japanese with English subtitles)