3.08 — DODES’KA-DEN (1970) and Dreams

Our final Kurosawa offering is one of Rob’s favourites: 1970’s DODES’KA’DEN. Sam liked it, too (though with some caveats), and we go on to discuss the director’s use of colour, sound, and film in general — with a look back at his oeuvre, as explored over the past month.


Next Week’s Film
THE LOST BOYS (1987): we kick off a look at Joel Schumacher with his 1987 comedy; it’s generally pretty available, whether streamed or on DVD.
This Week’s Media
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (2017): Matthew Vaughn, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore
AN UNLIKELY HERO / PAPER MAN (2009): Kieran Mulroney, Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone
Recommendations
CITY OF GOD (2002): Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund, Alexandre Rodrigues
RISING SUN (1993): Michael Crichton, Philip Kaufman, Sean Connery
THE OMEGA MAN (1971): Boris Sagal, Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe
INLAND EMPIRE (2006): David Lynch, Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons
Footnotes
The critical reception received by the film (including Kurosawa’s reaction to this reaction) is documented in the following book: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=C2z3otM-y5kC&pg=PA460&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false. The IMDB page on the film is good, particularly on the ‘Committee of the Four Knights’ group of Japanese directors: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065649/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv. I don’t know how reliable this site is, but it’s still a potentially interesting exploration of the meanings of various colours in Japan: https://www.color-meanings.com/color-meanings-japan. Rob mentions the following as a possible corollary for the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120889. Finally, this is the first part of the Youtube video Rob talks about in the course of his recommendations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP468k1u_Mk.