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

I Live in Fear (Ikimono no kiroku)

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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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa
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Critic Reviews for I Live in Fear (Ikimono no kiroku)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A compelling look at postwar Japan as well as the onset of Cold War paranoia.

Full Review… | April 10, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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Perhaps a bit too loose and leisurely to be entirely effective.

Full Review… | May 30, 2001
AV Club
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Akira Kurosawa's social x-raying is a continuation of Ikiru

Full Review… | September 6, 2009
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for I Live in Fear (Ikimono no kiroku)

½

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?

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Anthony Lawrie

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½

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.

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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.

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Luke Baldock

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