Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"Ikiru" (Akira Kurosawa, 1952) -- Insufferable

A squandered opportunity, Ikiru (To Live) is a shameful piece of otherwise mostly fascinating Japanese cinema from the '50s/early '60s. I've seen numerous obscure Japanese movies from that period that outshine, in every respect, this alleged 'masterpiece' by the largely overrated Akira Kurosawa. The lack of any subtlety in the movie script, as well as in the overly naive and comical overacting, is what makes this movie completely insufferable.

Spare yourself the agony and watch (and re-watch) Ozu's brilliant "Tokyo Story" (1953) instead.

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