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Paul Jensen

IKIRU (1952) 5 stars

What does it mean to live? Kurosawa's masterpiece. Gentle and profound. As Kurosawa explores this question, we are invited to ponder various possibilities. Just when the protagonist discovers the answer, we’re robbed of him. Then the third act becomes about the legacy. The Japanese equivalent of It’s a Wonderful Life with the narrative sophistication of Citizen Kane. It easily ranks among my top five most inspiring movies.


Genre: Foreign
Director: Akira Kurosawa