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Ikiru


  1. Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
  2. Produced by: Sôjirô Motoki
  3. Written by: Shinobu Hashimoto
    Akira Kurosawa
    Hideo Oguni
  4. Music by: Fumio Hayasaka
  5. Cinematography by: Asakazu Nakai
  6. Editing by: Kôichi Iwashita
  7. Release Date: 1952
  8. Running Time: 143 min
  9. Language: Japanese

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A municipal bureaucrat in postwar Japan, emotionally alienated from his family, Mr. Watanabe has resigned himself to a life of quiet, albeit busy, desperation. But then he is diagnosed with stomach cancer, prompting an unsuccessful search for meaning in wine, women, and song. Yet out of his despair Mr. Watanabe experiences a transformation; he dedicates his remaining days to an act of redemptive, self-giving love and finds, by the film’s transcendent ending, a life-affirming peace. As in several other films on this list, a terminal diagnosis or memento mori prompts an awakening in the protagonist. But Ikiru plots a further waking up, as Watanabe-san’s family, friends, and colleagues come to understand, at a ceremony after his death, the profundity of his transformation. They, like we viewers, are humbled by a man whom they had formerly pitied and disdained and are inspired by him to live life more fully awake.

Rob Zandstra

 

 


  1. Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
  2. Produced by: Sôjirô Motoki
  3. Written by: Shinobu Hashimoto
    Akira Kurosawa
    Hideo Oguni
  4. Music by: Fumio Hayasaka
  5. Cinematography by: Asakazu Nakai
  6. Editing by: Kôichi Iwashita
  7. Release Date: 1952
  8. Running Time: 143 min
  9. Language: Japanese

Clips

  1. A&F Discussion Thread
  2. IMDb.com
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Netflix

A municipal bureaucrat in postwar Japan, emotionally alienated from his family, Mr. Watanabe has resigned himself to a life of quiet, albeit busy, desperation. But then he is diagnosed with stomach cancer, prompting an unsuccessful search for meaning in wine, women, and song. Yet out of his despair Mr. Watanabe experiences a transformation; he dedicates his remaining days to an act of redemptive, self-giving love and finds, by the film’s transcendent ending, a life-affirming peace. As in several other films on this list, a terminal diagnosis or memento mori prompts an awakening in the protagonist. But Ikiru plots a further waking up, as Watanabe-san’s family, friends, and colleagues come to understand, at a ceremony after his death, the profundity of his transformation. They, like we viewers, are humbled by a man whom they had formerly pitied and disdained and are inspired by him to live life more fully awake.

Rob Zandstra

 

 

A municipal bureaucrat in postwar Japan, emotionally alienated from his family, Mr. Watanabe has resigned himself to a life of quiet, albeit busy, desperation. But then he is diagnosed with stomach cancer, prompting an unsuccessful search for meaning in wine, women, and song. Yet out of his despair Mr. Watanabe experiences a transformation; he dedicates his remaining days to an act of redemptive, self-giving love and finds, by the film’s transcendent ending, a life-affirming peace. As in several other films on this list, a terminal diagnosis or memento mori prompts an awakening in the protagonist. But Ikiru plots a further waking up, as Watanabe-san’s family, friends, and colleagues come to understand, at a ceremony after his death, the profundity of his transformation. They, like we viewers, are humbled by a man whom they had formerly pitied and disdained and are inspired by him to live life more fully awake.

Rob Zandstra

 

 


  1. Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
  2. Produced by: Sôjirô Motoki
  3. Written by: Shinobu Hashimoto
    Akira Kurosawa
    Hideo Oguni
  4. Music by: Fumio Hayasaka
  5. Cinematography by: Asakazu Nakai
  6. Editing by: Kôichi Iwashita
  7. Release Date: 1952
  8. Running Time: 143 min
  9. Language: Japanese

Clips

  1. A&F Discussion Thread
  2. IMDb.com
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Netflix
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