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I Live in Fear (Ikimono no kiroku)

I Live in Fear (Ikimono no kiroku) (1955)

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I Live in Fear presents Toshiro Mifune as an elderly, stubborn businessman so fearful of a nuclear attack that he resolves to move his reluctant family to South America.

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Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa

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I feel sure that Mr. Kurosawa could have come up with a more constructive thought on how people should use their energies to pacifistic purpose than the negative one he gives us here.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A compelling look at postwar Japan as well as the onset of Cold War paranoia.

April 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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A rough adaptation of King Lear, just as was "Ran" that Kurosawa made 30 years later. Not without its problems, but any Kurosawa is better than the Cineplex crap in your local neighborhood.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Akira Kurosawa's social x-raying is a continuation of Ikiru

September 6, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Mifune was miscast.

April 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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I Live in Fear shows that Kurosawa is far from content with humanity, but that doesn't mean he's given up hope entirely.

August 7, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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Perhaps a bit too loose and leisurely to be entirely effective.

May 30, 2001 Full Review Source: AV Club | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for I Live in Fear (Ikimono no kiroku)

I live in fear is not typical of Kurosawa's work but it is probably one of his most important films. A reaction to and a social commentary on Hiroshima, a subject avoided at the time, Kurosawa opened up Japan's usual conservative attitude and lead debate on societies fear and anxiety and in doing so built bridges of understanding with the western world. Mifune is brilliant in a role unfamiliar and unusual for him, and although the film is one of Kurosawa's least popular, it just might be one of his greatest performances. He is joined by the ever brilliant Shimura once again, although he really doesn't get enough screen time for my liking. Not Kurosawa's most exciting film but he is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, so that doesn't mean much, this is still an amazing and important piece of cinema.
performances. He is joined by the ever brilliant Shimura once again, although he really doesn't get enough screen time for my liking. Not Kurosawa's most exciting film but he is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, so that doesn't mean much, this is still an amazing and important piece of cinema. I live in fear is not typical of Kurosawa's work but it is probably one of his most important films. A reaction to and a social commentary on Hiroshima, a subject avoided at the time, Kurosawa opened up Japan's usual conservative attitude and lead debate on societies fear and anxiety and in doing so built bridges of understanding with the western world. Mifune is brilliant in a role unfamiliar and unusual for him, and although the film is one of Kurosawa's least popular, it just might be one of his greatest performances. He is joined by the ever brilliant Shimura once again, although he really doesn't get enough screen time for my liking. Not Kurosawa's most exciting film but he is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, so that doesn't mean much, this is still an amazing and important piece of cinema.
?If the birds and the animals knew what we know, they would leave?
October 23, 2009
SirPant

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this is a very profound film. mifune nails his portrayal of an old man losing his grip, and you see that he doesnt genuinely go crazy because of the reasons his family thinks he's crazy, he goes crazy because of his family themselves. shimura's character was great and even underused, and he is the character with the real moral dilema that the audience can relate to. very good and different film.
May 27, 2008
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danny d

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Certainly not Kurosawa's best this is another example of his fear of nuclear disaster. Also apparent in Dreams. The paranoia aspects are as true today as they ever were but the film comes off too heavy handed and preachy. There is certainly a hell of a lot to love about this film and I'm sure at the time of realease it was very relevant. Wonderful performances if a slightly uneven script.
March 19, 2008
kiriyamakazou

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"I Live in Fear" starts with Dr. Harada(Takashi Shimura), a dentist, about to do his civic duty by being an adjudicator in family court. The case he gets is a real doozy. Kiichi Nakajima(Toshiro Mifune, even more amazing than usual) is a wealthy foundry owner who thinks nuclear war is unavoidable, so he first tries to build a shelter in a remote part of the country. He abandons it partially built when even that does not turn out to be totally safe. His next idea is to move his entire family to Brazil, at which point they file for an injunction to delcare him mentally unfit.

Directed by Akira Kurosawa, "I Live in Fear" is a deeply unsettling movie made in 1955 at the height of the Cold War in Japan where nuclear bombs have already been exploded in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is also a country that had a ringside seat for MacArthur's attempt to start World War III. Nothing could be done at the time, leaving the population feeling helpless, until a thriving anti-nuclear movement could get started.

So, maybe a case could be made that Nakajima is not crazy, under the circumstances. He is not afraid for himself, for he has lived a good life. Perhaps too good a life since he has had at least three mistresses.(I guess mistresses might be an open secret in Japan but still...) Now, his concern is for his children and grandchildren but they all have their own lives by now. So, in trying to save the future for those he loves, he is only making their present miserable.(Excuse me, while I borrow a line from "Quantum Leap.")
December 15, 2009
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Foreign Titles

  • Ikimono no kiroku - Ein Leben In Furcht (DE)
  • Vivre dans la peur (FR)
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