Ikiru (1952) Review

It’s a shame to say that before this film, I hadn’t been lucky enough to view an Akira Kurosawa film before. So I was happy to finally change that when Kyle gave me this. I didn’t really know what this film was about and love when I can view a movie with a clean mindset and just take in the film. This was a really personal and deep film about mortality and life and it was beautiful. I really dug this film.

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Ikiru or to live in English tells the story of Mr. Watanabe, a man who has been working as a bureaucrat for the last 30 years. When he is diagnosed with stomach cancer, he goes through a mental crisis and struggles to come to terms with his impending death, a scary and sad feeling that we as the viewer experience with him. We see him try and find a purpose in his short time left on this world and it’s truly a powerful experience.

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This film was shot marvelously. Each different camera movement flows beautifully, each shot lingers for just the right amount of time. It is truly a work of art. There are a lot of mid to extreme close-up shots in this film and that helps bring us into the mindset of what characters are thinking and feeling and helps make the film feel more intimate.

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Takashi Shimara as Mr. Watanabe was absolutely marvelous, channeling a sadness and beauty like no other. Seeing this man go through this internal struggle was heartbreaking and made me wonder just how fast and delicate life is and that taking it for granite is a huge mistake. Everyone else acts beautifully in the film of course but this is Shimara’s film and he takes it and absolutely runs away with it.

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Ikiru was a fantastic first look into Akira Kurosawa’s filmography. The direction is truly the work of a masterful auteur and I now want to view more films from him. Ikiru was a beautiful intimate film and a film that should be viewed by film fans.

Grade: A

 

 

Welcome to the month of June! AKA my birthday month, which means every film I give Kyle throughout this month is going to be dedicated to me. I have 4 films picked throughout this month, one guilty pleasure, one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces ever made, and two underrated films that are among some of my favorite ever. To start this month off, let’s start with a guilty pleasure of mine…..

 

 

Kyle’s next film:

Rock of Ages (2012)

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Here’s a film that I remember seeing down the shore in 2012 with below expectations. I had no desire to see this movie but picked this solely because I wanted to see this and it was the only thing out. Well I had a blast with this movie. Tom Cruise is electric in this movie and Kyle, you’re gonna enjoy it solely on the fact that it’s completely bonkers. Also the soundtrack is killer. This is such a fun movie and I enjoy it a lot more than I think I should but there’s something about it that I just can’t get enough of. Have some fun Kyle!


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