Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ikiru (To Live) (1952)

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.

Mo says:


  1. I saw it 2 years ago and as far as I remember I recommended it to you & other friends as well but now when I read your note I feel I would like to see it again. such emotionally impact of a movie is hard to describe.Kurosawa is a truly genius.

  2. Dear Maryam,

    I went back and searched my emails, and couldn't find where you had recommended it. Maybe you did so verbally.

    But maybe we should all see it again! The sad thing is, the film warns us about this old age phenomenon, but I guess we still heed the warning only when we're old.