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Ikiru (1952) Poster

(1952)

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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.
The literal translation of Ikiru is "To Live".
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.
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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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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