Akira Kurosawa’s remarkably moving film, about a man deciding how to spend his last few days alive.
Dir Akira Kurosawa
With Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Kyoko Seki
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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