Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, also knwon as To Live, is on-line at Google Video with English subtitles and it has also already been posted at Videos with Bibi. This film, as other Japanese films made before 1953, is in the public domain according to a Japanese Court rule established in 2006. The 1952 film is starred by Takashi Shimura, most notable as the lead of fhe Seven Samurai.
Shimura is a middle-aged man who has worked in the same monotonous bureaucratic position for decades. Furthermore, his relationship with his son has become strained, as his son and daughter-in-law seem to care mainly about his pension and their future inheritance.
After realizing he has gastric cancer, giving him less than a year to live, Watanabe attempts to come to terms with his impending death. He tries to find escape in the pleasures of Tokyo’s nightlife, but after one night realizes this is not the answer.
Now my plan is to upload some of those at Google Video and Internet Archive – when I discover how. The next film will be Sanshiro Sugata, again with English subtitles. Some Yasujiro Ozu‘s films are on the way too. I hope you enjoy. BTW, the video quality should have been much better, but I have no idea what Google Video does with the videos when I upload them.
Related posts: Rashomon in Public Domain and Akira Kurosawa movie posters.