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Ikiru (1952)

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Starring (View all)
Takashi Shimura Takashi Shimura
Kanji Watanabe
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka
Sakai
Minoru Chiaki Minoru Chiaki
Noguchi
Miki Odagiri Miki Odagiri
Toyo Odagiri, employee
Kamatari Fujiwara Kamatari Fujiwara
Sub-Section Chief Ono
Nobuo Nakamura Nobuo Nakamura
Deputy Mayor


Written by (View all)
Akira Kurosawa Akira Kurosawa
(written by)
Shinobu Hashimoto Shinobu Hashimoto
(written by)


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How beautiful life is...

11 years, 3 months ago at Jul 2 20:10
5 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)

13 years, 10 months ago at Dec 19 22:12
3 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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6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 1 22:24
1 vote
Masterpiece! Ikiru can hit you on an emotional level, but real power of this movie is that it will make you think about the way you live your life, about your work and decisions. I know that I'm thinking about all that now and that I probably won't change anything and end up like Kanji Watanabe. That makes me really sad...
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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
Tags: Japan (15), Drama (12), Japanese (12), 1950s (12), 1952 (10), Cancer (7), Death (7), Loneliness (6), Alcohol (4), Foreign Language (4), Foreign (4), Terminal Illness (4), Swing (3), Park (3), Sake (3), (3), Office (3), Asian (2), Kurosawa (2), East Asia (2)
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"First viewing - Feb. 27th Ikiru is another interesting look at facing down mortality and one's legacy. The story starts out fairly straightforward, then somewhere after the midpoint it takes a different, fresh approach to play out the rest of the tale which I thought was admirable. I appreciated the messaging about finding one's passion and chasing after it, as well as the postscript that ends the film. I thought overall the film was very well done. Not sure if I'd sit through it again but I mi"


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“Las películas de Akira Kurosawa me encantan, esto lo debo a la capacidad que tiene de convertir conceptos simples en maravillas con una dirección qu”

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Literalmente el significado de la vida en film.

“Las películas de Akira Kurosawa me encantan, esto lo debo a la capacidad que tiene de convertir conceptos simples en maravillas con una dirección que, por lo general, se hace de aspectos o elementos mundanos para manifestar ideas bastante profundas en relación a la historia, y claro, esta película no es la excepción.

¿De qué va? Bueno, Ikiru trata sobre un hombre llamado Kanji Watanabe, quien empieza a buscar tomar un rumbo diferente para su monótona vida luego de enterarse de que le queda muy poco tiempo de vida.

Como ven, es algo de lo que no podríamos esperar tanto, pues bueno, Kurosawa nos pinta la cara y nos demuestra el buen jugo que se le puede sacar a esta obra.

Primero se nos muestra que Kanji es un hombre cansado, aburrido, que no basa su vi” read more

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