My take on Ikiru (To live) 1952 Akira Kirosawa’s film
September 6, 2008 9:30pm CST
For me “Akira Kirosawa’s” one of the greatest directors of all time. Nearly 5 years back, I watched his “Rashomon” and “Seven Samurai” Now this weekend “IKiru” (To live). It is story about a government bureaucrat (public relation department chief) who learns he has six months to live. After realizing he has just another six months live, he tries to rediscover a life worth living -- from spending an evening with a drunken novelist, re-experiencing life through the girlish ees of a young friend, and eventually dedicating himself to the building of a park. In the end, he finally proves he has something to show for a lifetime of labor. Again you will see Kurosawa authentic work in his movie. Movie progress in one way up to his self realization and remaining half in flashbacks from different peoples prospective about his life. How tragic that man can never realize “How beautiful life is until he is face to face with death." Again this movie is for serious, art movie lover. You will not see any exciting action sequences or comedy etc. Raises lot of questions too. People think, what if you became a suddenly millionaire or something great. But think once you have just six months in your life how you feel about your life? One can write 100 pages project work on this movie. Everything is great. Story, script, photography, music and artwork etc. Anybody watched this movie? Any other thoughts?