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Ikiru
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Takashi Shimura

Takashi Shimura

Kanji Watanabe
Minoru Chiaki

Minoru Chiaki

Noguchi
Miki Odagiri

Miki Odagiri

Toyo Odagiri, employee
Minosuke Yamada

Minosuke Yamada

Subordinate Clerk Saito
Kamatari Fujiwara

Kamatari Fujiwara

Sub-Section Chief Ono


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Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa

(written by)
Shinobu Hashimoto

Shinobu Hashimoto

(written by)


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Criterion Trailer 221: Ikiru

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How beautiful life is...

4 years ago at Jul 2 20:10
4 votes
''How tragic that man can never realize how beautiful life is until he is face to face with death.''

Kanji Watanabe is a longtime bureaucrat in a city office who, along with the rest of the office, spends his entire working life doing nothing...

Takashi Shimura: Kanji Watanabe

Ikiru(生きる, "To Live") is a 1952 Japanese film co-written and directed... read more

[Film] Ikiru (To Live)

6 years, 7 months ago at Dec 19 22:12
2 votes
Unlike the previous two Kurosawa films I saw, this one doesn't set in ancient Japan, nor does it have any samurai in it. The modern setting (or as modern as it was back in 1950's) tells a story of an old man Kanji Wantanabe, played by Kurosawa's favourite leading man Takashi Shimura, who after spending most of his life working as the chief clerk in the city hall's Public Affairs department, finds ... read more
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An aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer decides to strip the veneer off his existence and find meaning in his final days. Considered by some to be Akira Kurosawa’s greatest achievement, Ikiru offers a multifaceted look at a life through a prism of perspectives.
Release date: 25 March 1956
UPC: 037429180525
Japan (15), 1950s (12), Japanese (11), 1952 (10), Drama (9), Death (7), Cancer (7), Loneliness (6), Foreign Language (4), Alcohol (4), Foreign (4), Terminal Illness (4), Swing (3), Park (3), Office (3), Sake (3), (3), Mephistopheles (2), Classic (2), Kurosawa (2)
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