Dobu (1954) AKA Ditch


Postwar Tokyo. Pin and Toku live in the squatter area of Kappanuma, also known as “The Ditch”. Pin and Toku are avid gamblers. They take in Tsuru, a slightly demented woman who has run away from a geisha house. In order to rip Tsuru off, Pin lies that he’s a student who can’t afford his school fees. Tsuru willingly whores herself to support Pin. Eventually the neighbours start to exploit Tsuru as well.

Director: Kaneto Shindô.
Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Jûkichi Uno. 
AKA Ditch


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  1. Michael
    June 13, 2018

    since ‘Kureneko’ and ‘Onibaba’, I have become a devoted Kaneto Shindô fan. ‘Dobu’ is a must see

  2. August 19, 2019

    what is the title of the song she sings on the way home from working? They say its the “Work Song” but I cant find any references to it online, but I know I have heard it before. I just dont know where and its driving me mad

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