History Film / IKIRU

28th Nov '16 5:36:20 PM JustKnown
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* HumbleHero: Watanabe's goals are modest -- one playground to make some children and their mothers happy -- and he succeeds largely because he simply doesn't care if he gets any credit for it.
28th Nov '16 5:25:17 PM JustKnown
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* LikeYouWereDying: Watanabe is a powerfully humble take on this, as he's willing to bear any discomfort and face any humiliation in order to achieve his goal, including standing silently outside the Deputy Mayor's office hour after hour for days on end before the Deputy finally caves before Watanabe's unflinching sincerity.
12th Sep '16 11:40:23 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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Almost always referred to by its Japanese title; while this has more or less always been true, it also helps distinguish it from the much later Chinese film ''Film/ToLive''.

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Almost always referred to by its Japanese title; while this has more or less always been true, it also helps distinguish it from the much later film adaptation of the Chinese film ''Film/ToLive''.
novel ''Literature/ToLive''.
28th Feb '16 9:27:51 PM MasoTey
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* TraumaSwing: Inverted. Watanabe dies at night, in the rain, on a swing -- but the mood of the scene is anything but "traumatized."
23rd Nov '15 5:07:44 PM JustKnown
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''Ikiru'' (To Live) is a 1952 film by Creator/AkiraKurosawa about the death of a petty bureaucrat. Kanji Watanabe has served in a monotonous bureaucratic position in City Hall for 30 years, providing for a son who only seems to care about his money. He is seemingly content with this barely living routine, until a trip to the doctor reveals that he is [[YourDaysAreNumbered dying of stomach cancer]]. Suddenly awakened to the meaninglessness of his life so far, Watanabe searches in vain for a way to give his life purpose, trying dissipation, hedonism and [[IntergenerationalFriendship a (platonic) relationship with a much younger woman]] before finally realizing that the key just happens to have been sitting on his own desk all along: a plan to build a playground in a poor neighborhood. Something that only someone with his skills, developed over a lifetime spent in the bureaucracy, is going to be able to get accomplished.

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''Ikiru'' (To Live) is a 1952 film by Creator/AkiraKurosawa about the death of a petty bureaucrat. Kanji Watanabe has served in a monotonous bureaucratic position in City Hall for 30 years, providing for a son who only seems to care about his money. He is seemingly content with this barely living routine, until a trip to the doctor reveals that he is [[YourDaysAreNumbered dying of stomach cancer]]. Suddenly awakened to the meaninglessness of his life so far, Watanabe searches in vain for a way to give his life purpose, trying dissipation, hedonism and [[IntergenerationalFriendship a (platonic) relationship with a much younger woman]] before finally realizing that the key just happens to have been sitting on his own desk all along: a plan to build a playground in a poor neighborhood.neighborhood, on land coveted by developers for a new shopping arcade. Something that only someone with his skills, developed over a lifetime spent in the bureaucracy, is going to be able to get accomplished.



* LetThemDieHappy: The doctors at the clinic try to cover up the cancer to do this with Watanabe, but another patient's warning about rosy diagnoses prevents that.

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* LetThemDieHappy: The doctors at the clinic try to cover up the cancer to do this with Watanabe, but another patient's warning about rosy diagnoses prevents that.



** This is also a DiscussedTrope during his wake, with one of the members stating "The thing is, in order to clean up a garbage can somewhere, you need a garbage can full of paperwork!"

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** Demonstrated during the opening sequence when the neighborhood mothers present their playground proposal and receive the royal runaround as each office fobs them off on another until they wind up right back where they started, Watanabe's planning department.
** This is also a DiscussedTrope during his wake, with one of the members stating "The thing is, in order to clean up a garbage can somewhere, you need a garbage can full of paperwork!"



* YourDaysAreNumbered

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* YourDaysAreNumberedYourDaysAreNumbered: About six months elapse between Watanabe's death and his diagnosis,
30th May '15 2:48:08 PM karstovich2
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Almost always referred to by its Japanese title; while this has more or less always been true, it also helps distinguish it from the much later Chinese film ''Film/ToLive''.
11th Jun '14 8:27:01 PM DiscoGlacier
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* {{Irony}}
-->'''Novelist''': "How tragic that man can never realize how beautiful life is until he is face to face with death."
24th May '14 2:43:21 AM DiscoGlacier
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* EmptyShell: Watanabe at the start of the film, having worked countless years in his meaningless job. It takes news of his cancer to ignite emotion back into him.


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* MedalOfDishonor: Watanabe's attendance award, as it reminds him of the years he wasted in bureaucracy.
2nd Feb '14 8:37:37 AM dotchan
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* PolitenessJudo: Watanabe accomplishes the seemingly impossible by asking very nicely, bowing, and (politely) refusing to go away until he gets what he is asking for.
30th Oct '13 6:13:23 PM TrollBrutal
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* ShoutOut: Kurosawa was heavily influenced by Frank Capra's ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' and both films have a very similar overall messages and structures. Kurosawa's is less idealistic.

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* ShoutOut: Kurosawa was heavily influenced by Frank Capra's ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' and both films have a very similar overall messages and structures. Kurosawa's approach is less idealistic.
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