Ikiru (1952)

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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

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  • Takashi Shimura in Ikiru (1952)
  • Miki Odagiri and Takashi Shimura in Ikiru (1952)
  • Takashi Shimura in Ikiru (1952)
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21 October 2002 | will_butler
10
| The most moving and human film I have ever seen.
I can safely say that I have seen no finer film than Kurosawa's true masterpiece, Ikiru. The story of a dying petty bureaucrat in 1950's Japan, Ikiru is as uncompromisingly honest and beautiful a film as has ever been made on the subject of life. Kurosawa elevates a story that could have been simple melodrama to the level of masterwork with a genuine love of his characters, and with an incredible technical direction. The film's structure accentuates and deepens its many, many lessons on life, and the performances, including a heartbreakingly earnest turn by Shimura are all flawless.

In short, Ikiru is easily one of the greatest works committed to film, and no discerning film aficionado should avoid experiencing it. Had Kurosawa directed only this film, it would still be enough to include him in the pantheon of the greatest storytellers who ever lived. Fortunately for us, it is simply the pinnacle of a staggeringly amazing career. It is the absolute definition of a 10/10 film.

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