Trivia - Ikiru (1952)
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Ikiru (1952)

Genres: Drama

Taglines: One of the Great Films of Our Time!

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni

Stars: Takashi Shimura, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka, Minoru Chiaki, ...

Kanji Watanabe is a civil servant. He has worked in the same department for 30 years. His life is pretty boring and monotonous, though he once used to have passion and drive. Then one day he discovers that he has stomach cancer and has less than a year to live. After the initial depression he sets about living for the first time in over 20 years. Then he realises that his limited time left is not just for living life to the full but to leave something meaningful behind...
When Takashi Shimura rehearsed his singing of "Song of the Gondola," director Akira Kurosawa instructed him to "sing the song as if you are a stranger in a world where nobody believes you exist."
The song sung by Kanji Watanabe, in the bar, is called Gondola no Uta, "The Gondola Song". Written in 1915, it is a song about women and how they should find love before their time has run out.
The literal translation of Ikiru is "To Live".
The only Akira Kurosawa film between Drunken Angel (1948) (Drunken Angel) and Red Beard (1965) (Red Beard) not to feature Toshirô Mifune.
At the Berlin International Film Festival in 1954, Ikiru was awarded the Silver Bear.
Hideo Oguni, one of the three main writers, originally envisioned Takashi Shimura's character as being a yakuza (gangster) as opposed to a government bureaucrat.
Akira Kurosawa:  [weather]  Rain is present during the construction site scene. The swing scene, on the other hand, is calmly accompanied by snow.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Akira Kurosawa: [weather] Rain is present during the construction site scene. The swing scene, on the other hand, is calmly accompanied by snow.
In Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, Hugh Jackman's character is seen walking out of a hospital in total silence, to convey the shock of the previous scene, until he finally notices the sights and sounds of the busy street. The scene is very similar to Kan
Partly, the script of Ikiru was inspired by Leo Tolstoy's work "The Death of Ivan Ilyich".
Included among film critic Rogert Ebert's Great Movies list.
Akira Kurosawa considered this film his greatest work.
The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
In Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, Hugh Jackman's character is seen walking out of a hospital in total silence, to convey the shock of the previous scene, until he finally notices the sights and sounds of the busy street. The scene is very similar to Kanji's experience as he leaves the doctor's office after his diagnosis.