Ikiru DVD


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Opening with a shot of an x-ray, showing the main character's stomach, Ikiru tells the tale of a dedicated, downtrodden civil servant who, diagnosed with a fatal cancer, learns to change his dull, unfulfilled existence, and suddenly discovers a zest for life. Plunging first into self-pity, then a bout of hedonistic pleasure-seeking on the frenetic streets of post-war Tokyo, Watanable - the film's hero - finally finds satisfaction through building a children's playground.
Beautifully played by Takashi Shimura (who starred in 21 of Kurosawa's films), Ikiru is an intensely lyrical and moving film, and was one of Kurosawa's own favourites. The film is much admired by Steven Spielberg and Hollywood re-make is said to be in the pipeline.

Product Details

  • Takashi Shimura
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • 2
Aspect Ratio:
  • Aspect Ratio 4:3
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Main Language:
  • Japanese
Subtitle Languages:
  • English

  • BFI
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1952
  • 12

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