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Series Info
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:143 minutes
Director:Akira Kurosawa
Year Released:1952
Production Country:Japan


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"A thoughtful, existential meditation about the meaning of life and what constitutes a life well-lived."—James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"Meticulously constructed, beautifully played and poignant."—David Parkinson, Empire Magazine

"Akira Kurosawa's greatest film."—Don Druker, Chicago Reader

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.