Friday, December 24, 2010

Two Line Reviews - #139

Movie: Ikiru (Japanese,1952)

Plot: A Sections Chief of a Govt dept who has carried on with a highly mundane work lifestyle for 30 years is diagnosed with stomach cancer. In his pursuit of 'living' life for at least the remaining days, he is helped by a part-time writer & then by a cheerful junior of his. Inspired by her lifestyle, he takes up a pending park construction problem & with steely determination,forces the unwilling mayor to construct it & dies,earning the respects of his colleagues,son & the public!

  • The very essence of the film is highly appreciable - The protagonist taking a negative thing and trying to make something good out of it.
  • The screenplay employed by Kurosawa makes this even more interesting to watch.
  • The works of Takashi Shimura and the girl who plays the ever happy subordinate of his.
The film ends on a negative note(even though that is what would happen practically,a positive end would have added weight to the reformer's character).

My Rating: 9.4/10

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