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Ikiru (1952)

Ikiru (the Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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Features

Part Number35221442
Model35221442
Is Adult Product
Release Date2015-11-24T00:00:01Z
EditionCriterion Collection
LanguageEnglish
Publication Date2015-11-24T00:00:01Z
FormatMultiple Formats

The Criterion Collection released Ikiru to Blu-ray on November 24, 2015. 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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SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2003 by Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
  • A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies (2000), a ninety­-minute documentary produced by Kurosawa Productions and featuring interviews with the director
  • Documentary on Ikiru from 2003, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create,and featuring interviews with Kurosawa, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami, writer Hideo Oguni, actor Takashi Shimura, and others
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and travel writer Pico Iyer and a reprint from critic Donald Richie’s 1965 book The Films of Akira Kurosawa

New cover by Eric Skillman

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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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