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.
swing scene is influenced by Ikiru
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
Clip is shown. Roger Ebert says it was the first Kurosawa film he saw.
Clips are shown.