Ikiru (1952) Poster



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Remade as 

Ikiru (2007) (TV Movie)


Citizen Kane (1941)
narrative technique: attempts by characters, via memories and flashbacks, to understand protagonist's life after he has passed

Referenced in 

Brazil (1985)
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) (TV Special)
Nowhere to Hide (1999)
detective kim swings on a swingset contemplating life and death much like the main character in ikiru.
American Beauty (1999)
opening narration about a dead main character
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
The title is mentioned.
Little Children (2006)
SPOILER: Ronnie, after cutting off his "privates", contemplates his life/death on a swing in a playground.
The Fountain (2006)
The scene where Tom walks along the street and is nearly run over is lifted directly from Ikiru
Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences (2006) (Video)
still shown
Dream the Impossible Dream (2006) (Short)
swing scene is influenced by Ikiru
Dying of the Light (2014)
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.
Well Wishes (2015)
A character's search for meaning mirrors that of Kanji Watanabe's journey.

Featured in 

The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989) (TV Movie)
Clip is shown. Roger Ebert says it was the first Kurosawa film he saw.
Siskel & Ebert: Crix Pick Prez Flix (1993) (TV Episode)
One of their picks.
Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Sex & Melodrama (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Life Itself (2014)
Footage shown.

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