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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:
"Only when he learned he would die did he start to live!" See more (144 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 song sung by Kanji Watanabe, in the bar, is called Gondola no Uta, "The Gondola Song". Written in 1915, it is a song about women and how they should find love before their time has run out.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:
Kanji:Dying is very difficult.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Come On-A My HouseSee more »

FAQ

What Are The English Lyrics To The Song Kanji Watanabe Sings? (+More Info.)
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94 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
"Only when he learned he would die did he start to live!", 11 January 2003
Author: OttoVonB from Switzerland

Ikiru ("to live")is a Kurosawa film devoid of samurai or Toshiro Mifune. It is an oddity in his canon, neither an adaptation, nor an epic, or even a detective story. Instead, it is the simple and touching story of the last months of the life of a man, Watanabbe, public official, who decides to give a meaning to his life by transcending the obtuse and stiff mind of government bureaucracy to get a small public children's park built. As a parable for the soulless workings of modern bureaucracy, the goal is set pretty high, and Kurosawa goes even further, giving this story a lot of character, frequent humor, life and, most of all, heart. And going beyond the strengths of the direction and script, is the central performance by Takashi Shimura (later Kambei in Seven Samurai). Shimura gives his character such a transparently good heart and such great pain that every second of Watanabe's plight and struggle tugs at your heart, not in an overwhelmingly sentimental manner, but in one than feels honest and pure. If even many hardened souls will be drawn to tears, it is not for pity, but, admirably, because of envy for Watanabe's beautiful human dignity in the end, and for a film to have such power is beyond pure accomplishment, as the need to see this and, more importantly, feel it, goes beyond pure necessity...

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