Friday, August 15, 2014
IMDb plot summary: A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Starring Takashi Shimura, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka, and Minoru Chiaki.
(Some spoilers about the ending.)
I generally like Kurosawa's movies a lot -- they're very relatable, no matter what the subject matter is. This one, however, falls in the same category as Ran: a movie I admire I very much but don't LOVE. The flashback scenes in the second half of the movie didn't really work for me, as it seemed a very roundabout way of telling the story, and it bothered me a bit that we never got any resolution at all about the story with the girl.
Those few issues aside, though, I thought there were a lot of very moving moments. I definitely made a few mental comparisons between this and Wild Strawberries, but I liked this much better. The main character was very sympathetic, and it was wonderful watching him stand up and try to do something with his last few months.
Flickchart: #757 out of 2202, below Men in Black III and above The Mistress of Spices.