Ikiru (Essential Art House Collection)
Starring: Takashi Shimura Director: Akira Kurosawa

Ikiru (Essential Art House Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 23 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: February 10, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1952
  • Label: Criterion
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono - Japanese
    • Subtitles - English - Optional

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by , &
Composition by
Cinematography by

Entertainment Reviews:

Chicago Sun-Times - 09/29/1996
"...Kurosawa opens his story with a deliberate, low-key pacing, although at the end there is rage against the dying of the light..."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2003
"...Kurosawa never lets us forget that Watanabe's courage is as great as that of any warrior....A tale of heroism..."
USA Today - 01/09/2004
"[An] extraordinary urban epic with an unusual two-part story construction that turns out to be the right narrative choice."
Premiere - 03/01/2004
"[With] storytelling brio, sharp observation, and incredible emotional power..."
Uncut - 01/01/2004
"Takashi Shimura delivers a fine, understated performance..."
Empire - 08/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his moving melodrama continued Kurosawa's revolt against narrative linearity....This is a masterpiece of humanist cinema..."

Product Description:

A powerful, thought-provoking drama about a petty bureaucrat who discovers that he is dying of cancer. Coming to the realization that his life has been a meaningless quest for following petty company rules, he tries to create one thing of lasting worth.

Product Description:

In what could be called Akira Kurosawa's It's a Wonderful Life, Takashi Shimura portrays Kanji Watanabe, an isolated, inward city office clerk who discovers he has stomach cancer and little time left on Earth. With a compelling, radical narrative structure, Kurosawa depicts Watanabe's last months and then how his final decisions have affected those left behind. Ikiru is one of the Japanese master's darkest, yet most life-affirming works.


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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 62,501
  • UPC: 715515043311
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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