Ikiru Ikiru

A big story of a little man which will grip your soul ...

Mr. Watanabe suddenly finds that he has terminal cancer. He vows to make his final days meaningful. His attempts to communicate his anguish to his son and daughter-in-law lead only to heartbreak. Finally, inspired by an unselfish co-worker, he turns his efforts to bringing happiness to others by building a playground in a dreary slum neighborhood. When the park is finally completed, he is able to face death with peaceful acceptance.

Recent reviews

More

Popular Lists

More
  • Under the Skin
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Victoria
  • Primer
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Harakiri
  • Seven Samurai
  • 12 Angry Men

Official Top 250 Narrative Feature Films

Letterboxd's Top 250 movies, based on the average weighted rating of all Letterboxd users. I removed all stand-up specials, concert…

  • Melancholia
  • Fallen Angels
  • The Spectacular Now
  • Chungking Express
  • Wings of Desire

Mélancholy as a Breathtaking Aesthetic Emotion

Essential melancholy for people who'd love to bedew in sadness, full of contemplation as we then witness these characters at…