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Ikiru [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1952]

  • SKU: 29283375
  • Release Date: 11/24/2015
  • Rating: NR

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features

    • A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies (2000), a ninety-minute documentary produced by Kurosawa Productions and featuring interviews with the director
    • Audio commentary from 2003 by Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema Of Akira Kurosawa
    • Documentary on Ikiru from 2003, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create and featuring interviews with Kurosawa, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami, writer Hideo Oguni, actor Takashi Shimura, and others
    • Trailer


    Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru details the existential struggle of one ordinary man in his desperate search for purpose. Upon learning he has terminal stomach cancer, a low-level government bureaucrat (Takashi Shimura) leaves his job of thirty years without a word to find meaning in the year he has left to live. He is completely alone in the world -- his wife is dead, his son is practically estranged, and his co-workers (the people with whom he has more contact than any others) are little more than strangers. Rather than face a death alone in pathos, Shimura opts to make up for lost time by going to the bar (for the first time in his life), spending every last yen in his wallet and drinking himself to death. There he meets a black-clad artist (a Mephistopheles to his Faust) who leads him on a hellish (and darkly humorous) tour of the city after dark as the two crawl through every booze-soaked juke-joint in town (Kurosawa's classical training as a painter surfaces in this sequence; many critics have noted the striking similarity of the crowded dance hall scenes to the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch, (particularly Walpurgis Night). Realizing he has missed nothing, Shimura then sets his sight on a pretty young girl from the office to divert his attention from his looming mortality. Although the girl fails to serve as a lifebuoy, she does give him the inspiration to do something meaningful -- to leave a legacy, however small, that makes the world a better place. A synopsis of Ikiru cannot serve the film justice; it simply must be seen. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Takashi Shimura - Kanji Watanabe
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      Nobuo Kaneko - Mitsuo Watanabe
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      Kyoko Seki - Kazue Watanabe
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      Miki Odagiri - Toyo Odagiri
    • Yunosuke Ito
      Yunosuke Ito - Novelist

    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      The drama in this film is as moving as anything I've ever seen. Akira Kurosawa is the Godfather of Cinema. Just think Stars Wars wouldn't have been made with out The Hidden Fortress having been there to inspire George Lucas. The Magnificent Seven wouldn't have been made without The Seven Samurai. And Sergio Leone's classic Clint Eastwood "No Name" Trilogy, once again, would not be alive if not for Yojimbo. As for Ikiru, the inspiration has found many. Akira Kurosawa didn't just touch the lives of his own country, he captured the world. That is what makes a legend.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wondefuly movie. Masterfully restored

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Ikiru is a great movie. I don't need to get into the movie since it's great. The Criterion verison is beautifully restored from badly damages surviving print. They did a great job. All other versions, even the DVD, are not as wonderfully restored as the Bluray version.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Very good movie by one of films great directors. Akira Kurosawa knows how to tell a story.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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