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Daniel Corleone's Movie Reviews (1781)

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Ikiru 
Ikiru review
4/4 stars

A rare picture that drives the viewer to think because of its thought provoking screenplay and interplay of several characters all impacted by a single individual’s transformation. The story of a competent and loyal Section Chief of the Public affairs named Watanabe. He and his son Mitsuo have a strained relationship and had realized his time wasted at work after having known of his stomach cancer. He spends time in a disco, arcade, drinking, Movie Theater and more. Usage of flashbacks and background characters were in full effect. Remarkable lines from the movie: Waiter – “Some die without ever once knowing what life is really like.” and “The greed to live is a virtue.” Watanabe - “If you’re going tomorrow, why not spend today..” “I can't afford to hate anyone. I don't have that kind of time.” Toyo’s reason for resigning – “The work is so boring. Nothing ever happens in that office.” One has to laugh at its funny scenes such as the strip club and Toyo agreeing with another day spent.

The film had matters delving into loneliness, regret, death, family relations, envy, political agendas and insensitivity, working conditions, utilization of time, making an impact on others, having the zest for life and giving it significance. The performance of Takashi Shimura made the flick effective; he was really spectacular in his portrayal. His eyes express every emotion exhibited. The soundtrack of the film was very apt. The legacy of the park, piles of paperwork and symbol of the bunny was a touch of brilliance as well. A quote that somewhat sums up the premise of the movie - “If you can’t try to understand a man like Mr. Watanabe without being thought sentimental, then the world is a dark place indeed.” Ikiru is a powerful motion picture directed by a legendary directory that encompasses a bit of humor and themes still suited in today’s era.


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