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Big screen classics

Living

Ikiru

Akira Kurosawa’s remarkably moving film, about a man deciding how to spend his last few days alive.

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Japan 1952
Dir Akira Kurosawa
With Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Kyoko Seki
143min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Akira Kurosawa’s portrait of an unassuming civil servant (a superb Shimura) who learns he hasn’t long to live and wonders how to spend his final days is rightly regarded as one of the great humanist films of the postwar era. As the protagonist passes through panic, cynicism and despair to – well, something else – Kurosawa steers clear of sentimentality to create a film that’s remarkably moving.

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