Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori. 143 min. Japan. Drama.
The movie opens: a semi-retired office man discovers he has stomach cancer, and suddenly realizes he's never had fun in his life. To be precise, for the past twenty years, he's been a walking corpse - and his beloved son is just waiting for him to die. But meeting a lively young woman changes something in him. Ikiru has moments that hit hard, and definitely makes you imagine the day this will happen to you. I can guarantee whoever wrote About Schmidt was inspired by this.