Lower Depths - Donzoko (1957)
IMDb Rating 7.5
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Toshirô Mifune Sutekichi the Thief
Isuzu Yamada Osugi the Landlady
Kyôko Kagawa Okayo, Osugi's Sister
Ganjiro Nakamura Rokubei, Osugi's Husband
Minoru Chiaki Former Samurai
Kamatari Fujiwara The Actor
Akemi Negishi Osen the Prostitute
Nijiko Kiyokawa Otaki the Candy-Seller
Koji Mitsui Yoshisaburo the Gambler
Eijirô Tono Tomekichi the Tinker
Jean Renoir and Akira Kurosawa, two of cinema's greatest directors, transform Maxim Gorky's classic proletariat play The Lower Depths in their own ways for their own times. Renoir, working amidst the rise of Hitler and the Popular Front in France, had need to take license with the dark nature of Gorky's source material, softening its bleak outlook. Kurosawa, firmly situated in the postwar world, found little reason for hope. He remained faithful to the original with its focus on the conflict between illusion and reality - a theme he would return to over and over again. Working with their most celebrated actors (Gabin with Renoir; Mifune with Kurosawa), each film offers a unique look at cinematic adaptation - where social conditions and filmmaking style converge to create unique masterpieces.
Movie Details
Genre Foreign
Director Akira Kurosawa; Jean Renoir
Producer Akira Kurosawa
Writer Maxim Gorky; Akira Kurosawa
Studio Criterion
Country USA
Language Japanese
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 125 mins
Movie Release Date 9/17/1957
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 666
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 9/1/2005
Product Details
Edition Criterion Collection
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 B&W
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 037429181324
Release Date 6/22/2004
Subtitles English
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
JAPANESE: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2
Extra Features
(Les Bas-fonds) Jean Renoir 1936
Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir
A new essay by film scholar Alexander Sesonske, author of Jean Renoir: The French Films 1924-1939

(Donzoko) Akira Kurosawa 1957
Audio commentary featuring Japanese-film expert Donald Richie, author of A Hundred Years of Japanese Film
A 33-minute documentary on The Lower Depths from the series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, including interviews with Kurosawa, actress Kyoko Kagawa, art director Yoshiro Muraki, and others
Cast Biographies by Stephen Price, author of The Warriors Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
A new essay by authors Keiko McDonald (From Book to Screen: Modern Japanese Literature in Films) and Thomas Rimer (A Reader's Guide to Japanese Literature)
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