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I Live in Fear (1955)

Ikimono no kiroku (original title)
An aging Japanese industrialist becomes so fearful of nuclear war that it begins to take a toll on his life and family.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Kiichi Nakajima
Takashi Shimura ... Domestic Court Counselor Dr. Harada
Minoru Chiaki ... Jiro Nakajima
Eiko Miyoshi ... Toyo Nakajima
Kyôko Aoyama Kyôko Aoyama ... Sue Nakajima
Haruko Tôgô Haruko Tôgô ... Yoshi Nakajima
Noriko Sengoku Noriko Sengoku ... Kimie Nakajima
Akemi Negishi ... Asako Kuribayashi
Hiroshi Tachikawa Hiroshi Tachikawa ... Ryoichi Sayama
Kichijirô Ueda ... Mr. Kuribayashi father
Eijirô Tôno ... Old man from Brazil
Yutaka Sada ... Ichiro Nakajima
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Okamoto
Ken Mitsuda Ken Mitsuda ... Judge Araki
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu ... Yamazaki, Yoshi's husband (as Gen Shimizu)
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Storyline

Kiichi Nakajima, an elderly foundry owner, is so frightened and obsessed with the idea of nuclear extermination that his family decides to have him ruled incompetent. Nakajima's fervent wish is for his family to join him in escaping from Japan to the relative safety of South America. Harada, a civil volunteer in the case, sympathizes with Nakajima's conviction, but the old man's irrational behaviour prevents the court from taking his fears seriously. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 January 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What the Birds Knew See more »

Filming Locations:

Toho Studios, Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,942, 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$46,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,808
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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of three Kurosawa films warning viewers of the dangers of nuclear power. The other two were Dreams and Rhapsody In August. See more »

Quotes

Kiichi Nakajima: [seeing the sun from his window] Oh! The Earth is burning!
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Connections

Referenced in Rhapsody in August (1991) See more »

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compelling take on King Lear themes
4 November 2002 | by pyamadaSee all my reviews

This is a surprisingly complex film that continues to build and grow right before your eyes. Some of the action and plot mechanism may need to be "accepted" to work, but once you realize that this is not merely an exercise on moral judgements, but a very sly re-working of familiar King Lear themes, the film's power and nuances become evident. For all those who see Kagemusha as a high point, and Ran as a huge failure, they may seek solace in this film, which pushes the trope of the rash old man, who has become so accustomed to getting and doing what he wants, that he cannot and will not accept his extended family's naysaying and interference. A really great film.


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