Ikiru

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1952
  • Running time: 143 min
One of the greatest achievements by Akira Kurosawa, Ikiru shows the director at his most compassionate—affirming life through an explora­tion of death. Takashi Shimura beautifully portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is... read more
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One of the greatest achievements by Akira Kurosawa, Ikiru shows the director at his most compassionate—affirming life through an explora­tion of death. Takashi Shimura beautifully portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is impelled to find meaning in his final days. Presented in a radically conceived two­part structure and shot with a perceptive, humanistic clarity of vision, Ikiru is a multifaceted look at what it means to be alive.

Original Release

10/09/1952

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Cast

Takashi Shimura Kanji Watanabe
Haruo Tanaka Sakai
Nobuo Kaneko Mitsuo, son of Kanji
Bokuzen Hidari Ohara
Miki Odagiri Toyo
Shin'ichi Himori Kimura
Minoru Chiaki Noguchi
Minosuke Yamada Subordinate Clerk Saito
Kamatari Fujiwara Sub-Section Chief Ono
Makoto Kobori Kiichi Watanabe, Kanji's Brother
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Directors

Akira Kurosawa

Writers

Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni

Cast

Takashi Shimura Kanji Watanabe
Haruo Tanaka Sakai
Nobuo Kaneko Mitsuo, son of Kanji
Bokuzen Hidari Ohara
Miki Odagiri Toyo
Shin'ichi Himori Kimura
Minoru Chiaki Noguchi
Minosuke Yamada Subordinate Clerk Saito
Kamatari Fujiwara Sub-Section Chief Ono
Makoto Kobori Kiichi Watanabe, Kanji's Brother
Nobuo Nakamura Deputy Mayor
Atsushi Watanabe Patient
Isao Kimura Intern
Masao Shimizu Doctor
Yunosuke Ito Novelist
Yoshie Minami The Maid
Kumeko Urabe Tatsu Watanabe
Eiko Miyoshi Housewife
Noriko Honma Housewife
Yatsuko Tan'ami Bar Hostess

Producers

Editors

Kôichi Iwashita, Akira Kurosawa

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