09 20 Oct '24
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Akira Kurosawa

Ikiru (Living)

143' - 1952 - Drama - Dialogue: Latin, French, English, Japanese
Director: Akira Kurosawa Composer: Fumio Hayasaka With: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori
Kanji Watanabe, a municipal public servant in a government office, learns that he is dying of an incurable cancer and that he has, at most, only one year left to live. Up to this point he has lived a highly structured life, rarely varying from his routines. He has two children who offer him no comfort. Watanabe decides he must find something to make him feel that his life has not been a total waste. His satisfaction comes in the form of a mother's group who wish to use some abandoned property as the site for a park. He spends the last months of his life creating the children's playground.

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Akira Kurosawa


Fumio Hayasaka


Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori


Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni

Director of Photography

Asakazu Nakai


Kôichi Iwashita


Sôjirô Motoki

More information


Latin, French, English, Japanese

Countries of production


Screenplay based on

"The Death of Ivan Ilyich" (Leo Tolstoj)



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