History Film / IKIRU

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.
30th Oct '13 6:12:17 PM TrollBrutal
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* TheHeroDies: Watanabe dies halfway through the film. The rest of his story is presented in flashback via the memories of those attending the funeral.


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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.
6th Jun '13 1:09:37 PM ironballs16
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1st Jun '13 7:33:46 PM Vasha
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Considered Kurosawa's finest film to be set in contemporary Japan (most of his famous films are [[JidaiGeki jidai-geki]]), it was the film he made right before ''SevenSamurai'', and if not for its proximity, Ikiru would probably be held in even higher regard. As it stands, the film is considered an absolute classic from a master filmmaker, with TakashiShimura giving the performance of his career.

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Considered Kurosawa's finest film to be set in contemporary Japan (most of his famous films are [[JidaiGeki jidai-geki]]), it was the film he made right before ''SevenSamurai'', ''Film/SevenSamurai'', and if not for its proximity, Ikiru ''Ikiru'' would probably be held in even higher regard. As it stands, the film is considered an absolute classic from a master filmmaker, with TakashiShimura Takashi Shimura giving the performance of his career.



* {{Recycled In SPACE}}: ''The Death of Ivan Illych'' [-IN MODERN DAY JAPAN-]

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* {{Recycled In SPACE}}: RecycledINSPACE: ''The Death of Ivan Illych'' [-IN MODERN DAY JAPAN-]



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Subverted in that Wantanabe doesn't reform until he knows he is dying and specifically after his final meeting with Toya.

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Subverted in that Wantanabe doesn't reform until he knows he is dying and specifically after his final meeting with Toya.Toyo.
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