Ikiru* (To Live)

  • 1952 ----- b & w ----- 140 min ----- vhs///
  • (Directed by Akira Kurosawa; with Takashi Shimura, Miki Odagiri, Kyoko Seki) Ikiru tells the powerful story of a dying man's triumph. Told he has only a short time to live, a bureaucrat at first reacts with a drunken spree, only to realize that only through unselfishness can he redeem his otherwise wasted life. With ferocious determination he cuts all red tape to transform a swamp into a children's park. (In Japanese with English subtitles) (Restricted to classroom use only)
  • Topics: (Asian Languages and Literature, Far Eastern Studies, Gerontology, Motion Pictures: Features)