Ikiru

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Released 1952

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Director:
Akira Kurosawa
Released:
1952
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Ikiru is a classic 1952 drama from Japanese master director Akira Kurosawa. Kanji Watanabe (Takashi Shimura) has worked as an ineffectual bureaucrat for the Tokyo City Hall for 30 years. After a cancer diagnosis that indicates he only has a year to live, he leaves his job and begins a search for meaning with the time he has left. He heads to a bar, for the first time in his life, to drink away every last yen in his wallet. There, he meets a Novelist (Yunosuke Ito), who takes Watanabe on a dark tour of the city that he has never known before: gambling dens, prostitutes and bars. Though he remains dissatisfied by his explorations, he stays away from the office so a coworker, Toyo (Miki Odagiri), tracks him down to get his signature on some paperwork. She encourages him to contact his estranged son, Mitsuo (Nobuo Kaneko), who only wants to know that there will be an inheritance. Watanabe then finds inspiration in an unexpected idea of turning a desolate area of the city into a neighborhood park for children.moreless
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