narrative technique: attempts by characters, via memories and flashbacks, to understand protagonist's life after he has passed
detective kim swings on a swingset contemplating life and death much like the main character in ikiru.
opening narration about a dead main character
The title is mentioned.
SPOILER: Ronnie, after cutting off his "privates", contemplates his life/death on a swing in a playground.
The scene where Tom walks along the street and is nearly run over is lifted directly from Ikiru
swing scene is influenced by Ikiru
Kurosawa's famous drama has a similar lead character who is running out of time because of a lethal disease. In Schrader's original cut reportedly a more explicit reference was included.
A character's search for meaning mirrors that of Kanji Watanabe's journey.
Clip is shown. Roger Ebert says it was the first Kurosawa film he saw.
Clips are shown.