I can understand why this was such a failure for director Akira Kurosawa. It’s quite different from anything he had done before. It’s got a touch of magic, a touch of realism, and a touch of childlike wonder. The film begins with the man pictured above who thinks there is a streetcar waiting for him outside that building with tracks and stops that need to be made. These tracks run through a tent city filled with people who are all on the low end of the economic ladder. Still, there are people who are particularly low and those who have it reasonably good.
On the low end, we meet a kid and his father who live in a little car. The kid scrounges for food while the father dreams of building a grand house for them. On the other end, you have a kid a who delivers sake and another guy who sits around drinking while his wife and niece work for him. In between, there are numerous other people like the working class couple who often get drunk in the evenings.
|The Kid And His Father|
|The Man And His Niece (The Aunt’s In The Hospital)|
We jump between the different people and there are a few running storylines like the niece’s rape by her uncle and the tragic end of the kid who lives in the car. However, largely it’s a few days in the lives of these people. Just like the imaginary streetcar visits the different stops, we visit the different people and arrive back where we began, just like that streetcar. It’s not a fantastic film, but I recommend this heartwarming film.
|The Inside Of The Streetcar Driver’s Home|