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The Lower Depths

The Lower Depths

1957
Drama
2h 17m
In a slum flophouse, a collection of beggars and thieves bewail their lot in life, and Osugi, the landlady, fights with her sister, Okayo, over the man they both desire, the thief Sutekichi (imdb)
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The Lower Depths

1957
Drama
2h 17m
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Rated 11 Nov 2008
4
74th
There's no mistaking this film's theatrical origins, a stagey chamber drama not very typical of Kurosawa's sprawling adventures. That's fine though, because it's elevated with excellent cinematography (see how deep focus is constant, the frame always full of action front to back) and features the director's finest ensemble gathering of performers outside of Seven Samurai. It's pleasant to see Bokuzen Hidari in a more prominent role, here as the beacon of compassion among misery and squalor.
Rated 01 Mar 2010
3
31st
Not one, but two scenes of a character bursting into hysterics and fleeing the scene....I kind of wanted to follow. Nothing here works on the level you'd expect from Kurosawa in his prime. Overwrought drama of the strict, theatrical type.
Rated 23 Apr 2010
82
78th
A great picture. Painfully emotional at times, but the comic relief definitely gets rid of that in a hurry, mostly by Bokuzen Hidari's character. Mifune as usual is great, and Kurosawa's camera shows the slum and its inhabitants despair with great potency, but at the same time brings out the best qualities of these characters and turns it into a heartwarming film.
Rated 29 Mar 2008
85
90th
Well filmed in the style of a stage play by the master, Kurosawa. The cast is quite amazing, a who's who of Japanese film. Plenty of themes to ponder. But you have to be in the mood to watch a play, as there is virtually no action.
Rated 24 Nov 2008
95
94th
A remake of the French original, it's a story about life and death among a loose collection of slum dwellers that shows how even the lowest people in the social order know how to party.
Rated 22 Feb 2010
81
64th
The stageiness hampers the film but Kurosawa does what he can with being limited to essentially a single set. It's all a bit unfocused but the characters are interesting enough to overcome it for the most part and at least a lot of the scenes are very enjoyable on their own, even if they're not tied together as well as they could be. Kurosawa's done much better but that shouldn't keep you from watching and appreciating it despite some flaws.
Rated 11 Nov 2018
50
38th
Capricórnio.
Rated 11 May 2014
80
68th
It's a bit of a stagey soap opera, especially in the acting (which is good, but occasionally degenerates into hysterical screaming), but it's entertaining and engrossing, and Kurosawa brings life to an extremely limited setting.
Rated 04 Mar 2024
46
20th
Too stagy, too talky, no real action. Wonderful set. Mifune near unrecognisable IMO.
Rated 02 Oct 2013
78
58th
78.000
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
37th
Kurosawa's a director who speaks largely in action and gestures. I can't think of any other Kurosawa film that's even close to being as dialogue-heavy as this. Being bound to one set seems to cramp his style, as does the absolute lack of scoring. However, this film certainly has some considerable assets. The compositions are striking as always, especially working in such a confined space. There's a lot of humor, some of it excellent. So it's not one of his worst, but it is definitely uneven.
Rated 09 Mar 2007
85
98th
Fantastic,One of Kurasawa's best.
Rated 11 Apr 2011
92
87th
Maxim Gorki's Drama, perfectly adapted by Akira Kurosawa is abolutely great. The Lower Depth is a, somehow schizophrenic movie. On one hand the hopelessness of the protagonists is really sad, and it seems that no one ever got a chance to break out of their misery, and on the other hand most of them accept their situation. So they try to make the best of it. It's an awesome drama with well elaborated characters and a very strong final act.
Rated 18 Jan 2011
80
66th
79.500
Rated 08 Jun 2009
98
99th
I can't remember the last time I've seen so many fantastic actor performances together in one movie.

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