I Live In Fear: Record Of A Living Being (1955)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Ikimono No Kiroku

Japan, 1955.  Story by Akira Kurosawa, , Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1955.

dons age makeup to play the cantankerous patriarch of a family who own a successful foundry. Mifune lives in terror of the nuclear bomb, afraid of the radiation from the bombs dropped on Japan during World War II and by the capabilities of powers around the world to destroy humanity in a matter of minutes. He has decided that the safest place for him and his family is to move to Brazil, far away from the dangers of radiation, and he begs and pleads with his children to listen to him. They, fearing he is going senile, take him to court to declare him incompetent and have his control of their business and finances taken away. Kurosawa deftly moves between humour and tragedy as he creates a film that captures all the frustrating comedy of family life while at times being very moving; Mifune’s one scene in particular, of imploring his children to heed the dangers of the technology he fears, is very powerful.

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