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Dobu (1954)

Postwar Tokyo. Pin (Jukichi Uno) and Toku (Taiji Tonoyama) live in the squatter area of Kappanuma. Pin and Toku are avid gamblers. They take in Tsuru (Nobuko Otowa), a slightly demented woman who has run away from a geisha house.

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Kaneto Shindô

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Kaneto Shindô
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Nobuko Otowa ... Tsuru
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Postwar Tokyo. Pin (Jukichi Uno) and Toku (Taiji Tonoyama) live in the squatter area of Kappanuma. Pin and Toku are avid gamblers. They take in Tsuru (Nobuko Otowa), a slightly demented woman who has run away from a geisha house.

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27 July 1954 (Japan) See more »

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Comedic drama about life on the fringes of society
4 March 2018 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

Dobu is a hard movie to classify. Part screwball comedy, part social commentary and part tragedy, the movie is all over the place. There is not much plot, but little there is is about two gamblers who live in a shanty town and take in a homeless, and possibly crazy, woman. Everyone in the shanty town is a little offbeat, and the community alternatively look after and exploit her. Will she truly fit in there or is this just another stop in her tragic life? Nobuko Otowa is mostly pretty good as Tsuru but sometimes she over plays her. The rest of the cast are clearly having fun playing various types of lowlifes. Entertaing and worth a watch if you can find it.


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