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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 »
User Reviews:
Simply Brilliant - Kurosawa's Greatest See more (150 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:
The only Akira Kurosawa film between Drunken Angel (1948) (Drunken Angel) and Red Beard (1965) (Red Beard) not to feature Toshirô Mifune.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:
Toyo:What help am I?
Kanji:You - just to look at you makes me feel better. It warms this - this mummy's heart of mine. And you're so kind to me. No; that's not it. You're so young, so healthy. No; that's not it either... You're so full of life. And me... I'm jealous of that. If I could be like you for just one day before I died. I won't be able to die unless I can do that. I want to do *something*. Only you can show me. I don't know what to do. I don't know how. Maybe you don't know either, but, please...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dying of the Light (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-BooSee more »

FAQ

What Are The English Lyrics To The Song Kanji Watanabe Sings? (+More Info.)
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104 out of 130 people found the following review useful.
Simply Brilliant - Kurosawa's Greatest, 29 December 2004
Author: Brave Sir Robin from Putney VT

Kanji Watanabi is a quiet, melancholy man who has spent all his life behind his office desk doing sweet eff-all. When he is diagnosed with stomach cancer he realizes that he has been petty much dead his whole life, and searches desperately for away to live again.

This is Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, yes, even better than Rashomon and The Seven Samauri. It is a perfect true story of everybody's life- how we don't even realize we have it until we know it will be over in a short while. Watanabi's quest for self-discovery is one of the greatest from any motion picture ever made. The all-too-true paradox is one to end all paradoxes- that Watanabi is dead, and had been all his life, until he realized he was sick, which is when he began living for the first time. Takashi Shimura, the actor best known for his role as the wise, bald-headed Samauri in The Seven Samauri, and the professor out of the early Godzilla films, plays Watanabi perfectly- in my mind, it's one of the greatest film performances of all time.

Not everyone will love this movie. It was made a long time ago, the main character is an old fogey, it has subtitles, and it's pretty long. Many people today, especially young kids, would find it boring. Well, let 'em. There's no need to worry about them, they'll always have Pirates of the Carribbean, they'll always have The Matrix. Leave Ikiru and films like it to the true lovers of cinema.

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