Ikiru [To Live]

Tokyo: Toho, 1952. Vintage oversize reference photograph from the 1952 Japanese film, showing director Akira Kurosawa adjusting the lid of a teapot while actors Takashi Shimura and Miki Odagiri look on. With the stamps of Forum Film and Israel Film Archive on the verso.

A mid-level government bureaucrat discovers he has terminal cancer, and decides to try to find meaning in life before his death. The first collaboration between director Akira Kurosawa and screenwriter Hideo Oguni, beginning a decade-long involvement which would produce (among many others) "Seven Samurai" (1954), "Throne of Blood" (1957), and "The Hidden Fortress" (1958).

Set and shot on location in Tokyo.

11 x 9 inches. Very Good, with light scuffing and edgewear throughout.

BFI 591. Criterion Collection 221. Ebert I. Rosenbaum 1000.

[Book #149622]