Akira Kurosawa's IKIRU - 35mm Screening!


Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Thu, Feb 16 7:00 PM


35mm Screening!

Thursday, February 16th at 7:00 PM

Akira Kurosawa’s


Members $10 | Public $15

Hosted by Fred Craden

In conjunction with the opening of the new remake, Living (opening at the CAC on January 27), we are pleased to present a big screen 35mm showing of the legendary Akira Kurosawa original. Considered by some to be Kurosawa’s greatest achievement, Ikiru presents the director at his most compassionate — affirming life through an exploration of a man’s death. Takashi Shimura portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat whose diagnosis with a fatal illness forces him to strip the veneer off his existence and find meaning in his final days. Told in two parts, Ikiru offers Watanabe’s quest in the present, and then through a series of flashbacks. The result is a multifaceted look at a life through a prism of perspectives, resulting in a full portrait of a man who lacked understanding from others while alive. (Japan, 1952, 143 min., b/w, Japanese with English Subtitles35mm | Dir. Akira Kurosawa)

“Over the years I have seen Ikiru every five years or so, and each time it has moved me, and made me think. And the older I get, the less Watanabe seems like a pathetic old man, and the more he seems like every one of us.” –– Roger Ebert

“Meticulously constructed, beautifully played and poignant.” –– David Parkinson, Empire

“Kurosawa achieves the piercing emotions and poetry of the Italian neorealists by opposite means: he doesn’t make the camera disappear. Instead, from the first view of the hero’s X-rays, he deploys his camera so sharply and unerringly that it seems to take X-rays of the spirit. In Takashi Shimura, Kurosawa found an actor who could stand up to this close inspection.” –– Richard Brody, New Yorker

Still from Akira Kurosawa

Film poster for Akira Kurosawa