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Ikiru(生きる)

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Japan

1952

2h 23m

Director Akira Kurosawa

Starring Takashi Shimura, Haruo Tanaka, Nobuo Kaneko, Bokuzen Hidari

Genre Drama

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After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Mr. Watanabe vows to make his final days meaningful. His attempts to communicate his anguish to his son and daughter-in-law lead only to heartbreak. Finally, inspired by an unselfish co-worker, he turns his efforts to bringing happiness to others by building a playground in a dreary slum neighborhood, but is unsure if he will live to see its completion.

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Meagen Tajalle Profile picture for Meagen Tajalle

Ikiru is a criminally overlooked Kurosawa film. It's stylistically striking and philosophical, and surprisingly life-affirming although it begins with the morbid premise of a dying man. Kurosawa captures a transforming postwar Japan as astutely as Ozu.

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