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Ikiru (1952) Poster

(1952)

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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.
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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 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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The literal translation of Ikiru is "To Live".
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The only Akira Kurosawa film between Yoidore tenshi (1948) (Drunken Angel) and Red Beard (1965) (Red Beard) not to feature Toshirô Mifune.
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At the Berlin International Film Festival in 1954, Ikiru was awarded the Silver Bear.
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Akira Kurosawa:  [weather]  Rain is present during the construction site scene. The swing scene, on the other hand, is calmly accompanied by snow.
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