Ikiru Poster

Release Date: December 19th, 2000

DVD Release Date: January 6th, 2004

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 23 min

Plot Summary
Mr. Watanabe suddenly finds that he has terminal cancer. He vows to make his final days meaningful. His attempts to communicate his anguish to his son and daughter-in-law lead only to heartbreak. Finally, inspired by an unselfish co-worker, he turns his efforts to bringing happiness to others by building a playground in a dreary slum neighborhood. When the park is finally completed, he is able to face death with peaceful acceptance.

Cast: Takashi Shimura, Miki Odagiri, Ky├┤ko Seki

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Toho Company Ltd.

Distributors: Cowboy Pictures, Brandon Films Inc.

Keywords: Emotional, Office, Dark, Transformation, Fall, Death, 1950s


Nominated Foreign Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1959)