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Director:
Writers:
Akira Kurosawa (written by) &
Shinobu Hashimoto (written by) ...
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Release Date:
25 March 1956 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(60 articles)
User Reviews:
Not just a film, but an incredible learning experience See more (143 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Takashi Shimura ... Kanji Watanabe
Shin'ichi Himori ... Kimura
Haruo Tanaka ... Sakai
Minoru Chiaki ... Noguchi
Miki Odagiri ... Toyo Odagiri, employee
Bokuzen Hidari ... Ohara
Minosuke Yamada ... Subordinate Clerk Saito
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Sub-Section Chief Ono
Makoto Kobori ... Kiichi Watanabe, Kanji's Brother
Nobuo Kaneko ... Mitsuo Watanabe, Kanji's son
Nobuo Nakamura ... Deputy Mayor
Atsushi Watanabe ... Patient
Isao Kimura ... Intern
Masao Shimizu ... Doctor
Yûnosuke Itô ... Novelist
Kumeko Urabe ... Tatsu Watanabe, Kiichi's Wife
Eiko Miyoshi ... Housewife
Noriko Honma ... Housewife
Yatsuko Tan'ami ... Bar Hostess
Kin Sugai ... Housewife
Yoshie Minami ... The Maid
Kyôko Seki ... Kazue Watanabe, Mitsuo's wife
Kusuo Abe ... City Assemblyman
Tomo'o Nagai ... Newspaperman
Seiji Miyaguchi ... Yakuza Boss
Daisuke Katô ... Yakuza
Hiroshi Hayashi ... Second Yakuza
Fuyuki Murakami ... Newspaperman
Hirayoshi Aono ... Newspaperman
Toranosuke Ogawa ... Park Section Chief
Taizô Fukami
Katao Kawasaki
Keiichirô Katsumoto
Fujio Nagahama
Akira Sera ... Worker in General Affairs
Ichirô Chiba ... Policeman
Akira Tani ... Bar Owner
Yôyô Kojima ... Worker in Sewage Section
Haruko Toyama
Mie Asô
Toshiyuki Ichimura ... Pianist
Harue Kuramoto ... Dancer
Rasa Saya ... Stripper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Junpei Natsuki ... Hand-Washing Cancer Patient (uncredited)
Sachio Sakai ... Yakuza (uncredited)

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
Akira Kurosawa (written by) &
Shinobu Hashimoto (written by) &
Hideo Oguni (written by)

Produced by
Sôjirô Motoki .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fumio Hayasaka 
 
Cinematography by
Asakazu Nakai 
 
Film Editing by
Kôichi Iwashita 
 
Production Design by
Takashi Matsuyama 
 
Makeup Department
Sadako Okada .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Teruo Maki .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Teruo Maru .... assistant director
Hisanobu Marubayashi .... chief assistant director
 
Art Department
Yoshirô Muraki .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Ichirô Minawa .... sound effects editor
Fumio Yanoguchi .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shigeru Mori .... lighting technician
Takao Saitô .... assistant camera
Masao Soeda .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Akira Araki .... accountant
Hiromichi Horikawa .... advisor to the director
Teruyo Nogami .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Living" - International (English title) (informal English title)
"To Live" - International (English title) (informal English title)
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Runtime:
143 min | Sweden:123 min (cut version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Germany:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1994) | USA:Not Rated
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
At the Berlin International Film Festival in 1954, Ikiru was awarded the Silver Bear.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the last scene with Toyo (in the restaurant with the birthday party going on), the position of the bell on the mechanical bunny changes, even though neither actor has touched the bunny.See more »
Quotes:
Novelist:How tragic that man can never realize how beautiful life is until he is face to face with death.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Citizen Kane (1941)See more »
Soundtrack:
Gondora no utaSee more »

FAQ

What Are The English Lyrics To The Song Kanji Watanabe Sings? (+More Info.)
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48 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Not just a film, but an incredible learning experience, 26 December 1998
Author: EzyRyder from Los Angeles

A quiet, but very moving film. Kanji Watanabe (Takashi Shimura) is a clerk who has been living a dull, unsatisfying life working in the government's offices who is diagnosed with cancer and is given one year to live. He tries to enjoy his days by picking up a former co-worker (Miki Odagiri) and taking her out on the town. She finally convinces him that this is not the way to spend the rest of his life. He soon realizes that he has a strong desire to do something with his life so that it will not have been a total waste. Therefore he begins to work in cooperation with the people... accomplishing something that nobody in the office had the nerve to do before.

I consider Ikiru to be Kurosawa's first truly excellent film. The story moves along very low-key and we gradually realize the power and emotion that is in this great film. Roger Ebert said of Ikiru that it is one of the few films that can actually change the way you look at life after watching it.

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