Saturday, December 26, 2009

Film Pick...Ikiru

Plot: A man tries to make up for lost time when he realizes he's soon going to die and he's wasted his entire adult life in a tedious government job.   

I liked how Kurosawa shows this ordinary, quiet, and crusty man (Takashi Shimura) suddenly throwing himself into all of these loud, brash, "fun" activities. Juxtapositions like these are everywhere in this film. It's an effective yet subtle way to tell the story without dictating the viewer's emotions. Very useful for the graphic storyteller. 


The original film poster...



3 comments:

Andy said...

Great movie- Kurosawa was a genius.

Veronica said...

This movie makes me cry! i keep trying to get Andy to watch it all the way through with me!

Wow - poster art,... girl on swing ... kinda scary

Alison Undercover said...

It makes me cry too! I was thinking that it could take the place of "A Chrsitmas Carol," since the themes are similar, it's way better, and because of the final scene.