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Ikiru (1952)

Episode #45

Toho Company released Ikiru on October 9, 1952. Akira Kurosawa directed the film starring Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, and Shin’ichi Himor.

‘Ikiru’ Criterion Synopsis

One of the greatest achievements by Akira Kurosawa, Ikiru shows the director at his most compassionate—affirming life through an explora­tion of death. Takashi Shimura beautifully portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is impelled to find meaning in his final days. Presented in a radically conceived two­part structure and shot with a perceptive, humanistic clarity of vision, Ikiru is a multifaceted look at what it means to be alive.

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Toho Pictures released Ikiru on October 9, 1952. Akira Kurosawa directed the film starring Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, and Shin'ichi Himor.

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