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Ikiru
8.5 Rating
(397 ratings)
8.3 IMDB rating

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Takashi Shimura Takashi Shimura
Kanji Watanabe
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka
Sakai
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
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Shinobu Hashimoto Shinobu Hashimoto
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How beautiful life is...

10 years, 1 month 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)

12 years, 7 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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5 years, 5 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: 9 October 1952
UPC: 037429180525
Tags: Japan (15), Drama (12), Japanese (12), 1950s (12), 1952 (11), 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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