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Ikiru

Akira Kurosawa

 
Ikiru (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1952
  • 143 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #221

Considered by some to be Akira Kurosawa’s greatest achievement, Ikiru presents the director at his most compassionate—affirming life through an exploration of a man’s death. Takashi Shimura portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer forced to strip the veneer off his existence and find meaning in his final days. Told in two parts, Ikiru offers Watanabe’s quest in the present, and then through a series of flashbacks. The result is a multifaceted look at a life through a prism of perspectives, resulting in a full portrait of a man who lacked understanding from others in life.

Cast

Kanji WatanabeTakashi Shimura
Mitsuo WatanabeNobuo Kaneko
Kazue WatanabeKyoko Seki
Kiichi WatanabeMakoto Kobori
Tatsu WatanabeKumeko Urabe
The maidYoshie Minami
Toyo OdagiriMiki Odagiri
OnoKamatari Fujiwara
SaitoMinosuke Yamada
SakaiHaruo Tanaka
ObaraBokuzen Hidari
KimuraShinichi Himori
Deputy mayorNobuo Nakamura
City assemblymanKazuo Abe
DoctorMasao Shimizu
InternKo Kimura
PatientAtsushi Watanabe
NovelistYunosuke Ito
HostessYatsuko Tanami
NewspapermanFuyuki Murakami
Gang bossSeiji Miyaguchi
Gang memberDaisuke Kato
PolicemanIchiro Chiba
HousewivesKin Sugai
HousewivesEiko Miyoshi
HousewivesFumiko Homma

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
  • A Message from Akira Kurosawa (2000): a 90-minute documentary produced by Kurosawa Productions and featuring interviews with the director on the set of his later films
  • A 41-minute documentary on Ikiru from the series, Akira Kurosawa: To Create Is Beautiful, including interviews with Akira Kurosawa, writer Hideo Oguni, actor Takashi Shimura, and many others
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Ikiru

By Donald Richie January 05, 2004

“Sometimes I think of my death,” Kurosawa has written: “I think of ceasing to be . . . and it is from these thoughts that Ikiru came.” The story of a man who knows he is going to die, the film . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Ikiru

By Alexander Sesonske November 19, 1990

In the movies as in life, love and death hold sway, exerting an irresistible attraction on our imagination. Love usually dominates in cinema; we sit entranced for hours as affairs of the heart . . . Read more »

Video


Interviews

Impressions of a Career: Peter Cowie on Kurosawa

March 12, 2010

The monthlong Akira Kurosawa centennial celebrations continue with the release this week of Rizzoli’s gorgeously illustrated hardcover book Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema, written by frequent . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Ikiru

By Donald Richie January 05, 2004

“Sometimes I think of my death,” Kurosawa has written: “I think of ceasing to be . . . and it is from these thoughts that Ikiru came.” The story of a man who knows he is going to die, the film . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Ikiru

By Alexander Sesonske November 19, 1990

In the movies as in life, love and death hold sway, exerting an irresistible attraction on our imagination. Love usually dominates in cinema; we sit entranced for hours as affairs of the heart . . . Read more »