Ikimono no kiroku (I Live in Fear) 1955 PG
2.45PM Sun 4 Mar 2018
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
I Live in Fear will screen from an imported 35mm film print.
There are few cinematic collaborations as iconic and rewarding as the long-standing partnership between director Akira Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune. Over the course of the 16 films they made together between 1948 and 1965, they established themselves the premier duo of post-war Japanese cinema.
Existing a world apart from their beloved and better known samurai films, I Live in Fear (also known as Record of a Living Being) is a singular and essential part of their shared history. Mifune, aged beyond his years with detailed make up, portrays an elderly businessman whose anxieties around a new atomic attack on Japan drives a wedge between him and his family. As he tries to coax them to move with him to what he considers the safe haven of Brazil, they increasingly isolate themselves from his paranoia.
Kurosawa's film is a fascinating insight into the Japanese psyche a decade after the end of the Second World War. It is a portrait of post-war disquiet and generational divide in a country that was still emerging from two of the most cataclysmic events of the twentieth century.
The film itself acts as an engaging human drama and much like Kurosawa's Ikiru 1952 or Rashomon 1950, it is a showcase for the director's depth of understanding of human nature. The black-and-white cinematography from Asakazu Nakai is sumptuous, drawing the viewer into the paranoid world of its protagonist. I Live in Fear is a cerebral and fascinating work from one of the medium's finest artists.
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 103 MINUTES, JAPAN, JAPANESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: AKIRA KUROSAWA / SCRIPT: AKIRA KUROSAWA, SHINOBU HASHIMOTO, FUMIO HAYASAKA, HIDEO OGUNI / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ASAKAZU NAKAI / PRODUCTION CO: TOHO COMPANY / PRINT SOURCE: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE / RIGHTS: TOHO COMPANY / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM
© 1955 Toho Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
PG | Mild themes