Ikiru (Japan, Kurosawa, 1952)
For all of Akira Kurosawa's legendary samurai action films, this stirring Tolstoy-inspired drama is considered by many to be his true masterpiece. For decades, Mr. Watanabe has been nothing more than a single cog in the hopelessly overcomplicated machinery of the municipal government. Only the sudden diagnosis of gastric cancer—giving him less than a year to live--makes him realize how lonely and empty his life has been, and pushes him to search for some meaning in his final days. Kurosawa casts a harsh critical eye on both the ineffectual Japanese bureaucracy and the gaudy sleaze of the occupying American culture. "I have seen Ikiru every five years or so, and . . .the older I get, the less Watanabe seems like a pathetic old man, and the more he seems like every one of us." writes Roger Ebert, who named it a Great Movie in 1996.
Doors open at 6pm. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.
(The theme for LGTM this academic year is "Work". Click here for PDF of a poster with a full calendar of 2013-14 screenings.)
PSC-CUNY Union Hall