Ikiru (1952)

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Released 12-May-2006
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When petty official Kenji Watanabe (Takashi Shimura) learns he is going to die he begins a quest for the true meaning of existence. Realising that his life until now has been wasted and no longer finding solace in his family or job he withdraws his money from the bank, intending to spend his last days in pleasure. It is not long before pachinko and alcohol lose their charm, and Watanabe begins to master his own existence.

Considered by many to be amongst Kurosawa's best, Ikiru is a powerful indictment of official bureaucracy and our understanding of what it means to live. It is only after realising he is going to die that man finally discovers how beautiful life can be.

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Starring
Takashi Shimura
Shinichi Himori
Haruo Tanaka
Minoru Chiaki
Miki Odagiri
Bokuzen Hidari
Minosuke Yamada
Kamatari Fujiwara
Makoto Kobori
Nobuo Kaneko
Nobuo Nakamura
Atsushi Watanabe
Isao Kimura
Directed by
Akira Kurosawa
Music
Fumio Hayasaka
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding RSDL
(64:15)
Drama 1952 137:10 (Case: 140) 576i (PAL) 4
Video
Full Frame
Audio
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (224Kb/s)
Subtitles
English
Extras
Main Menu Animation, Theatrical Trailer-(3:29), Gallery-Poster-(1:36), Gallery-Stills (1:56), Booklet-Essay By Gabrielle Murray
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