Ikiru (UK-import) (DVD)

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"Sometimes I think of my death," wrote Akira Kurosawa, "I think of ceasing to be... and it is from these thoughts that Ikiru came." The story of a man diagnosed with stomach cancer, Kurosawa's film is a serious contemplation of the nature of existence and the question of how we find meaning in our lives. 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 suddely 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, Watanabe, 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 the Kurosawa's own favourites.


  • Introduction by Alex Cox
  • Biographies of Kurosawa and Takashi Shimura


Produksjonsår 1952 Format DVD
Sone Sone 2 - Import Sjanger Drama
Antall disker 1 Spilletid 2 timer 16 minutter
Aldersgrense 11 Undertekster Engelsk
Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Japansk) Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt
Regissør Akira Kurosawa Skuespillere Haruo Tanaka, Shinichi Himori, Takashi Shimura
Bestillingsnummer BFIVD591 Leverandør Gardners


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