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Ikimono no Kiroku

Akira Kurosawa Japan, 1955

Mugino's rating of the film I Live in Fear

Perhaps it was the topical nature of this film that led to its "failure" (a Kurosawa flop isn't quite the same as "Freddy Got Fingered"). Yet watching it during this time of nuclear crisis in post-tsunami Japan makes it eerily oracular and relevant nearly 60 years later. The Japanese title, "A Record of Living Beings" does a better job of encapsulating this social drama. Mifune astonishes as the elderly patriarch.