Friday, February 13, 2009


This story about a late-in-life bureaucrat, who, after finding out that advanced cancer will kill him soon, leans into a quest to make sense of what his life has become. Kurosawa structures a slow, empathy-inducing journey that stays close to Ikiru, then, curiously (and unexpectedly) spends a long lingering third act far from his perspective, but close to the work that he finally accomplished; the narrative is, in this feat, impressive and reflection-inducing