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(1952)

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.
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When Takashi Shimura rehearsed his singing of "Song of the Gondola," director Akira Kurosawa instructed him to "sing the song as if you are a stranger in a world where nobody believes you exist."
The only Akira Kurosawa film between Drunken Angel (1948) (Drunken Angel) and Red Beard (1965) (Red Beard) not to feature Toshirô Mifune.
At the Berlin International Film Festival in 1954, Ikiru was awarded the Silver Bear.
The literal translation of Ikiru is "To Live".
Hideo Oguni, one of the three main writers, originally envisioned Takashi Shimura's character as being a yakuza (gangster) as opposed to a government bureaucrat.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Included among film critic Rogert Ebert's Great Movies list.
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Director Trademark 

Akira Kurosawa: [weather] Rain is present during the construction site scene. The swing scene, on the other hand, is calmly accompanied by snow.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, Hugh Jackman's character is seen walking out of a hospital in total silence, to convey the shock of the previous scene, until he finally notices the sights and sounds of the busy street. The scene is very similar to Kanji's experience as he leaves the doctor's office after his diagnosis.

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