High Trash

High Trash

2 Episodes

These touchingly humanist tales discover unexpected beauty where few would think to look. In Satsuki Okawa’s intimate, gently humorous short TIDY UP, a brother and sister find themselves at odds over how to deal with their deceased mother’s home, which has become a hoarder’s haven now full of memories. Characters also find refuge amid unusual circumstances in Akira Kurosawa’s intensely personal DODES’KA-DEN—the master director’s first film in color, which he uses to blazing, expressionistic effect—which compassionately portrays the struggles and dreams of a band of social outcasts living in a rubbish dump outside Tokyo.

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High Trash
  • Tidy Up

    Episode 1

    Directed by Satsuki Okawa • 2011 • Japan, United States

    Following the death of his hoarder mother, a young man eagerly looks forward to cleaning out her junk-strewn home—but first he’ll have to contend with his sister, who is intent on preserving the house just as it is—in this tender look at gr...

  • Dodes’ka-den

    Episode 2

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1970 • Japan
    Starring Yoshitaka Zushi, Kin Sugai, Junzaburo Ban

    By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, e...