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Ikiru

Akira Kurosawa

 
Ikiru (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • Japan
  • 1952
  • 143 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #221

One of the greatest achievements by Akira Kurosawa, Ikiru shows the director at his most compassionate—affirming life through an explora­tion of death. Takashi Shimura beautifully portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is impelled to find meaning in his final days. Presented in a radically conceived two­part structure and shot with a perceptive, humanistic clarity of vision, Ikiru is a multifaceted look at what it means to be alive.

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 assemblymanKusuo Abe
DoctorMasao Shimizu
InternIsao Kimura
PatientAtsushi Watanabe
NovelistYunosuke Ito
HostessYatsuko Tanami
NewspapermanFuyuki Murakami
Gang bossSeiji Miyaguchi
Gang memberDaisuke Kato
PolicemanIchiro Chiba
HousewivesKin Sugai
HousewivesEiko Miyoshi
HousewivesNoriko Homma

Disc Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2003 by Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
  • A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies (2000), a ninety­-minute documentary produced by Kurosawa Productions and featuring interviews with the director
  • Documentary on Ikiru from 2003, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, and featuring interviews with Kurosawa, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami, writer Hideo Oguni, actor Takashi Shimura, and others
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and travel writer Pico Iyer and a reprint from critic Donald Richie’s 1965 book The Films of Akira Kurosawa

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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Ikiru Many Autumns Later

By Pico Iyer November 25, 2015

Akira Kurosawa's 1952 film about one man’s mortality offers a study in postwar Japan, Kurosawa vs. Ozu, and the realization that knowing how to die requires learning how to be alive. 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 »

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November 30, 2016

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Film Essays

Current_340_004_thumbnail

Ikiru Many Autumns Later

By Pico Iyer November 25, 2015

Akira Kurosawa's 1952 film about one man’s mortality offers a study in postwar Japan, Kurosawa vs. Ozu, and the realization that knowing how to die requires learning how to be alive. 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 »

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