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Akira Kurosawa Japan, 1952

Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Ikiru

Takashi Shimura's heartbreakingly stooped Watanabe rages against the dying of the light in this missing link between Capra and Spielberg. Its theme of 'carpe diem' is comfortably well-worn, and there are traces here of everything from 'A Christmas Carol' to 'Breaking Bad'. The posthumous, flashback-filled debate about motives and project ownership is hilarious - '12 Angry Men' with office politics and copious sake.