Ikiru

Akira Kurosawa: On the Golden age of the Japanese Cinema

Catching Lighting in a Bottle, Again After his success with Sanshiro Sugata Akira Kurosawa (黒澤明) began work on his second production The Most Beautiful. This would be a propaganda film about female factory workers. In order to get more realistic performances out of his actors and actresses, he had them live in the factory, eat…

“Ikiru”: Consequences of an Unexamined Life

Long before John Keating, Poets Society inspired us with the famous line “What will your verse be?”, we had a 50-year-old bureaucrat, who had lived a wasted life, faced death in six months, and asked the same question. In Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, our protagonist finds out that he has contracted stomach cancer, and this leads…