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Ikimono no kiroku (1955)

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Running Time
1 hour, 43 minutes

Country Japan

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Other Titles
• Ikimono no kiroku
• Bilanz eines Lebens (1955)
• I Live In Fear: Record of a Living Being (1955)
• I Live in Fear (1967)
• Leben in Angst, Ein (1955)
• Record of a Living Being (1955)
• What the Birds Knew (1955)

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Genre: Drama, Betrayal

Plot: As Akira Kurosawa's I LIVE IN FEAR begins, Harada (Takashi Shimura), a soft-spoken dentist, is summoned during a hot summer day to his volunteer position at the Tokyo Family Court. He dutifully responds and arrives to hear a family dispute in a sweltering court room. However, the case is far from clear-cut; it involves Nakajima (Toshirô Mifune), a rich elderly industrialist who is utterly convinced that his family will only be safe from the threat of the nuclear bomb by moving to Brazil. His relatives (including his wife and various daughters, sons, mistresses, and illegitimate children) are almost unanimously opposed to his plan and aim to have him declared "incompetent," which would negate his authority over both the family and his company. Although the bullheaded Nakajima does come across as bitter and eccentric, Harada begins to empathize the curmudgeonly man and his almost paralyzing fear of the atomic bomb. When the judgment is finally made, it sets off a tragic series of events that will leave both Nakajima and Harada irrevocably changed.

Filmed less than a decade after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I LIVE IN FEAR, upon its Japanese release in 1955, tapped into a national and global mood of anxiety and apprehension. A drastic departure from Kurosawa's previous

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 Directed by
Akira Kurosawa
Seven Samurai, Chaos, In the Woods
 Written by
Shinobu Hashimoto
Seven Samurai, Doomed / Ikiru, The Hidden Fortress
Fumio Hayasaka
Seven Samurai, In the Woods, Doomed / Ikiru
Takashi Shimura
Seven Samurai, In the Woods, Yojimbo the Bodyguard
Minoru Chiaki
Seven Samurai, In the Woods, Doomed / Ikiru
Eiko Miyoshi
Doomed / Ikiru, The Hidden Fortress, Throne of Blood
Noriko Sengoku
Stray Dog, Ghost Stories, Yoidore tenshi
Akemi Negishi
Akahige, Kingukongu tai Gojira, Donzoko
Hiroshi Tachikawa
Yojimbo the Bodyguard, Throne of Blood, Sanjuro
 Music By
Fumio Hayasaka
Seven Samurai, In the Woods, Doomed / Ikiru

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