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Blessed with timeless humanity, grace, and heartbreaking compassion,Ikiruis one of the most moving dramas in the history of film. Legendary director Akira Kurosawa is best remembered for his samurai epics, but this contemporary masterpiece ranks among his greatest achievements, matched in every respect by the finest performance of Takashi Shimura's celebrated career. Shimura, who nobly led theSeven Samuraitwo years later, is sublimely perfect as a melancholy civil servant who, upon learning that he has terminal cancer, realizes he has nothing to show for his dreary, unsatisfying life. He seeks solace in nightlife and family, to no avail, until a simple inspiration leads him to a final, enduring act of public generosity. Expressing his own thoughts about death and the universal desire for a meaningful existence, Kurosawa infuses this drama with social conscience and deep, personal conviction, arriving at a conclusion that is emotionally overwhelming and simply unforgettable.--Jeff Shannon
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CastTakashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Haruo Tanaka, Miki Odagiri, Shinichi Himori
Genre:  Classics
DVD Release Date:  January 6, 2004
Runtime:  143 minutes
Studio:  Criterion
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review by . October 09, 2007
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I was lucky enough to catch Ikiru on one of my calm I wanna watch a slow movie days. Usually I'm bouncing off the walls and watching a crazy action flick. I can certainly understand that this might not be a movie for everyone because it can be a little slow and quiet. So if slow and quiet isn't your style then you may not want to pick this up. This being a Kurosawa film it will definitely draw some attention and trust me it is worthy of his direction. Kanji Watanabe (Takashi Shimura) is a middle-aged …
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