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Ikiru ()


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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination.
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Kanji Watanabe
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Kimura
Haruo Tanaka ...
Sakai
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Noguchi
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Toyo Odagiri, employee
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Ohara
Minosuke Yamada ...
Subordinate Clerk Saito
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Sub-Section Chief Ono
Makoto Kobori ...
Kiichi Watanabe, Kanji's Brother
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Mitsuo Watanabe, Kanji's son
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Deputy Mayor
Atsushi Watanabe ...
Patient
Isao Kimura ...
Intern
Masao Shimizu ...
Doctor
Yûnosuke Itô ...
Novelist
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Tatsu Watanabe, Kiichi's Wife
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Housewife
Noriko Honma ...
Housewife
Yatsuko Tan'ami ...
Bar Hostess
Kin Sugai ...
Housewife
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The Maid
Kyôko Seki ...
Kazue Watanabe, Mitsuo's wife
Kusuo Abe ...
City Assemblyman
Tomo'o Nagai ...
Newspaperman
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Yakuza Boss
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Yakuza
Hiroshi Hayashi ...
Second Yakuza
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Newspaperman
Hirayoshi Aono ...
Newspaperman
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Park Section Chief
Taizô Fukami ...
Man at Baseball Field
Katao Kawasaki ...
Worker in Civil Engineering
Keiichirô Katsumoto ...
Worker in Park Section
Fujio Nagahama ...
Worker in Sewage Section
Akira Sera ...
Worker in General Affairs
Ichirô Chiba ...
Policeman
Akira Tani ...
Bar Owner
Yôyô Kojima ...
Worker in Sewage Section
Haruko Toyama ...
Woman at Cabaret
Mie Asô ...
Woman at Cabaret
Toshiyuki Ichimura ...
Pianist
Harue Kuramoto ...
Dancer
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Stripper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Junpei Natsuki ...
Hand-Washing Cancer Patient (uncredited)
Sachio Sakai ...
Yakuza (uncredited)

Directed by

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Akira Kurosawa

Written by

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Akira Kurosawa ... (written by) &
Shinobu Hashimoto ... (written by) &
Hideo Oguni ... (written by)

Produced by

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Sôjirô Motoki ... producer

Music by

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Fumio Hayasaka

Cinematography by

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Asakazu Nakai

Film Editing by

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Kôichi Iwashita

Production Design by

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Takashi Matsuyama

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Sadako Okada ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Teruo Maki ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Teruo Maru ... assistant director
Hisanobu Marubayashi ... chief assistant director

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Yoshirô Muraki ... assistant art director

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Ichirô Minawa ... sound effects editor
Fumio Yanoguchi ... sound recordist

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Shigeru Mori ... lighting technician
Takao Saitô ... assistant camera
Masao Soeda ... still photographer

Other crew

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Akira Araki ... accountant
Hiromichi Horikawa ... advisor to the director
Teruyo Nogami ... script supervisor
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Kanji Watanabe is a civil servant. He has worked in the same department for 30 years. His life is pretty boring and monotonous, though he once used to have passion and drive. Then one day he discovers that he has stomach cancer and has less than a year to live. After the initial depression he sets about living for the first time in over 20 years. Then he realises that his limited time left is not just for living life to the full but to leave something meaningful behind... Written by grantss

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Also Known As
  • Living (World-wide, English title)
  • Doomed (World-wide, English title)
  • To Live (World-wide, English title)
  • Vivre (France)
  • Vivre enfin un seul jour (France)
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  • 143 min
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Cumulative Worldwide Gross $79,298

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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." See more »
Goofs In the last scene with Toyo (in the restaurant with the birthday party going on), the position of the bell on the mechanical bunny changes, even though neither actor has touched the bunny. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989). See more »
Soundtracks J'ai Deux Amours See more »
Quotes Kanji: I can't afford to hate people. I don't have that kind of time.
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