Runtime: 134 minutes
Japanese with English subtitles
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Cinematica’s Movie of the Month for April 2017. Rated 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
Synopsis: One of the greatest achievements by Akira Kurosawa, Ikiru shows the director at his most compassionate—affirming life through an exploration of death. Takashi Shimura beautifully portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is impelled to find meaning in his final days. Presented in a radically conceived two-part structure and shot with a perceptive, humanistic clarity of vision, Ikiru is a multifaceted look at what it means to be alive.
Post-Screening Discussion: following the film, Elliot Maxwell (a former Screening Room volunteer) will facilitate a discussion about Film Therapy—intentionally using films for healing and self-exploration.
Elliot Maxwell is currently studying to be a Drama Therapist, but hopes to also use Film Therapy with future clients. He has found film incredibly therapeutic and healing ever since he was a child. Last year, he created a short film that was a therapeutic journey for him. He hopes to create this film into a feature, and help guide others to create therapeutic films.
“If you have never seen it, you should. If you have seen it before, your admiration will only increase.” -Chicago Tribute
“Kurosawa achieves the piercing emotion and poetry of the Italian neorealists, but by opposite means: he doesn’t make the camera disappear; instead… he deploys his camera so sharply and unerringly that it seems to take X-rays of the spirit.” -New Yorker