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Doomed / Ikiru (1952)

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Original title: Ikiru

Release Date
Jan 3, 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jan 6, 2004

Running Time
2 hours, 23 minutes

Country Japan

Studio Toho

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Other Titles
• Doomed / Ikiru
• Ikiru
• Living (1952)
• To Live
• Doomed
• Ikiru - Einmal richtig leben (1954)
• Leben! (1954)

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Genre: Drama, Experimental, Psychodrama

Plot: IKIRU ("To Live") is a compelling humanist fable that provokes audiences to profoundly contemplate their own mortality, and indeed their own sense of morality. Mr. Watanabe, a middle-aged government worker, suddenly finds that he has very little life left when diagnosed with terminal cancer. Moving from drunken despair to quiet resolve, he vows to make his final days meaningful. At first he throws himself into the city’s nightlife, but this does not help. His attempts to communicate his anguish to his son and daughter-in-law lead only to heartbreak. Finally, inspired by an unselfish co-worker, he turns his efforts to bringing happiness to others by building a playground in a dreary slum neighborhood. When the park is finally completed, he is able to face death with peaceful acceptance. Told from both Watanabe’s perspective and that of his co-workers after Watanabe’s death, IKURU is a masterful and inspiring tale of redemption. -- © Cowboy Pictures

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 Directed by
Akira Kurosawa
Seven Samurai, Chaos, In the Woods
 Written by
Akira Kurosawa
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Shinobu Hashimoto
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Takashi Shimura
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Shinichi Himori
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Haruo Tanaka
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Minoru Chiaki
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Bokuzen Hidari
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Minosuke Yamada
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 Music By
Fumio Hayasaka
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