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Director  Kaneto Shindo
Writer  Kaneto Shindo
Music director  Akira Ifukube
Production companies  Kindai Eiga Kyokai
Language  Japanese
8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
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Produced by  Kozaburo Yoshimura
Country  Japan
Dobu (film) movie poster
Release date  July 27, 1954 (1954-07-27) (Japan)
Cast  Jukichi Uno, Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama
Similar movies  Related Kaneto Shindo movies

Dobu (どぶ) is a 1954 Japanese film written and directed by Kaneto Shindo and starring Nobuko Otowa.

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Plot

Toku, a factory worker (Taiji Tonoyama) gives food to a starving woman, Tsuru (Nobuko Otowa), who then follows him home. He shares a shack in a shanty village in Kawasaki with his friend Pin-chan (Jūkichi Uno). The two men try to get rid of her but then let her stay when she gives them money. Tsuru tells the people of the village that she lost her job due to a strike, then was robbed of her severance pay, then sold to a brothel in Tsuchiura. She ran away with a friend from Kawasaki. Toku and Pin-chan sell her to a geisha house and spend the money. She is thrown out. The owner demands his money back. Tsuru earns the money to pay their debt by working as a prostitute outside the station. The other prostitutes beat her. She fends them off with a policeman's revolver and is then shot dead by the police.

Cast

  • Nobuko Otowa as Tsuru
  • Jūkichi Uno
  • Taiji Tonoyama
  • Reception

    Japanese film scholar Alexander Jacoby describes Dobu as "a searing account of urban poverty".

    References

    Dobu (film) Wikipedia
    Dobu (film) IMDb Dobu (film) themoviedb.org


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