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* DeathOfAChild: The boy dies after eating some tainted mackerel. And it's because his idiot father told him not to boil the fish.



* InfantImmortality: The boy dies after eating some tainted mackerel. And it's because his idiot father told him not to boil the fish.

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* HollywoodAutism: Rokku-chan is quite clearly autistic, even though it's not mentioned in the film. He's obsessed with trams, comes off as rude to other people when he's just blunt, and is always off in his own world.


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''Dodes'ka-den'' was the first film Kurosawa had made since ''Film/RedBeard'' in 1965 and the last he would make until ''Film/DersuUzala'' five years later. It was the first film he had ever made in color and the first film he made without Creator/ToshiroMifune and the rest of the stock company of actors he had been working with for most of his career. While critically acclaimed, it was a box office failure and drove Kurosawa to a suicide attempt in 1971.

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''Dodes'ka-den'' was the first film Kurosawa had made since ''Film/RedBeard'' in 1965 and the last he would make until ''Film/DersuUzala'' five years later. [[note]]In the meantime he'd been hired to direct the Japanese half of ''Film/ToraToraTora'', but got fired after a series of disagreements with his American producers.[[/note]] It was the first film he had ever made in color and the first film he made without Creator/ToshiroMifune and the rest of the stock company of actors he had been working with for most of his career. While critically acclaimed, it was a box office failure and drove Kurosawa to a suicide attempt in 1971.


* TitleDrop: ''Dodes'ka-den'' is a Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound a train makes, as repeated by Rokku-chan. This film is sometimes referred to in English as "Clickety-clack".

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* TitleDrop: ''Dodes'ka-den'' is a Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound a train makes, as repeated by Rokku-chan. This film is sometimes referred to in English as "Clickety-clack"."Clickety-clack".
* UntranslatedTitle: As noted above, it's a Japanese coinage for the sound of a train.

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* TheAtoner: Ocho, Hei's wife, who apparently caused his near-catatonia by cheating on him. She tries to get through to him and begs forgiveness, but fails.


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* MoodWhiplash: Some of the broad comedy--the wife-swapping couple, the businessman with bizarre tics--is presented alongside some of the direly grim drama. The death of the little boy is followed immediately by the women of the neighborhood laughing at Hatsu and Masuo getting swapped around again.


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* TheSpeechless: Whatever went down with Hei and his wife, which apparently involved her being unfaithful, has left him so damaged he can't speak or communicate.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Katsuo never says a word until her final scene, where she explains to Okabe why she stabbed him.

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* LawOfInverseFertility: Does Katsuko get pregnant after her uncle rapes her? Why even ask?


* ReallyGetsAround: Ryo's wife. Of the five children in their household, apparently ''none'' of them are his.



* ThousandYardStare: The lone man who wanders around the dump without ever speaking. "He has the eyes of a dead man."

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* ThousandYardStare: The lone man Hei, who wanders around the dump without ever speaking. "He has the eyes of a dead man."


* AsYouKnow: "Your aunt is in the hospital for an operation", says the uncle to his flower-making niece.

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* AsYouKnow: "Your aunt is in the hospital for an operation", says the uncle to his flower-making niece.Katsuko.



* InfantImmortality: The boy dies after eating some tainted food.
* KidsAreCruel: "Train freak!" shout the other kids of the neighborhood when Rokku-chan makes his imaginary journey.

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* InfantImmortality: The boy dies after eating some tainted food.
mackerel. And it's because his idiot father told him not to boil the fish.
* KidsAreCruel: "Train freak!" shout the other kids of the neighborhood when Rokku-chan makes his imaginary journey. They also draw cruel pictures on the walls of the little shack where Rokku-chan lives with his mother.

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* RapeDiscretionShot: Katsuko's uncle turns out the light before raping her.

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* {{Polyamory}}: Hatsu and Masuo's wives amuse themselves by switching husbands.


* Hatsu, a laborer who spends his time away from the factory drinking himself into oblivion.

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* Hatsu, a laborer Hatsu and Masuo, laborers who spends his their time away from the factory drinking himself themselves into oblivion.



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* Hei, a rag-picker who is deeply damaged, to the point of being mute and unable to communicate.



* CoolOldGuy: The old man who serves as a sort of village elder. When a burglar enters his little hut and tries to make off with a box, the old man wakes up and says no, that's his tool chest. He then gives the burglar his cash and tells him to come back later for more, but to come in through the window.

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* CoolOldGuy: The Tanba, the old man who serves as a sort of village elder. When a burglar enters his little hut and tries to make off with a box, the old man wakes up and says no, that's his tool chest. He then gives the burglar his cash and tells him to come back later for more, but to come in through the window.

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* CoolOldGuy: The old man who serves as a sort of village elder. When a burglar enters his little hut and tries to make off with a box, the old man wakes up and says no, that's his tool chest. He then gives the burglar his cash and tells him to come back later for more, but to come in through the window.


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* ImagineSpot: The father is prone to these, imagining building an ornate mansion as a mental escape from his life of misery.


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* SliceOfLife: Nothing really happens. It's just a portrait of life amongst the poor.

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