• Japan
  • 1955
  • 103 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  

Both the final film of this period in which Akira Kurosawa would directly wrestle with the demons of the Second World War and his most literal representation of living in an atomic age, the galvanizing I Live in Fear presents Toshiro Mifune as an elderly, stubborn businessman so fearful of a nuclear attack that he resolves to move his reluctant family to South America. With this mournful film, the director depicts a society emerging from the shadows but still terrorized by memories of the past and anxieties for the future.

Cast

Kiichi NakajimaToshiro Mifune
Jiro Nakajima Minoru Chiaki
Takao YamazakiMasao Shimizu
Toyo NakajimaEiko Miyoshi
Sue NakajimaKyoko Aoyama
Yoshi YamazakiHaruko Togo
Ichiro NakajimaYutaka Sata
OkamotoKamatari Fujiwara
Doctor HaradaTakashi Shimura

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