The Lower depths

Japan, 1957

Film
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Maxim Gorky’s ‘The Lower depths’ attracted two of cinema’s greatest practitioners to its pages. Just as Jean Renoir’s ‘Les Bas Fonds’ was a very French adaptation, so Kurosawa’s film is quite specifically Japanese, with Gorky’s Moscow slums transposing easily (and faithfully) to Kurosawa’s stylised Tokyo hovel. The resulting ensemble piece displays the director’s technical virtuosity and his ability to draw outstanding performances from his cast. Stars Toshiro Mifune. From the play by Maxim Gorky. Japanese with English subtitles.

Credits

production company

Toho Kabushiki Kaisha

Duration

02:00:00:00

Production places
Japan
Production dates
1957

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

304191

Language

Japanese

Subject categories

Adaptations

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Japan

Foreign language films

Literature → Russian literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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