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I Live in Fear (1955)

Ikimono no kiroku (original title)
An aging Japanese industrialist becomes so fearful of nuclear war that it begins to take a toll on his life and family.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Kiichi Nakajima
Takashi Shimura ... Domestic Court Counselor Dr. Harada
Minoru Chiaki ... Jiro Nakajima
Eiko Miyoshi Eiko Miyoshi ... Toyo Nakajima
Kyôko Aoyama Kyôko Aoyama ... Sue Nakajima
Haruko Tôgô Haruko Tôgô ... Yoshi Nakajima
Noriko Sengoku Noriko Sengoku ... Kimie Nakajima
Akemi Negishi ... Asako Kuribayashi
Hiroshi Tachikawa Hiroshi Tachikawa ... Ryoichi Sayama
Kichijirô Ueda Kichijirô Ueda ... Mr. Kuribayashi father
Eijirô Tôno ... Old man from Brazil
Yutaka Sada ... Ichiro Nakajima
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Okamoto
Ken Mitsuda Ken Mitsuda ... Judge Araki
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu ... Yamazaki, Yoshi's husband (as Gen Shimizu)
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Storyline

Kiichi Nakajima, an elderly foundry owner, is so frightened and obsessed with the idea of nuclear extermination that his family decides to have him ruled incompetent. Nakajima's fervent wish is for his family to join him in escaping from Japan to the relative safety of South America. Harada, a civil volunteer in the case, sympathizes with Nakajima's conviction, but the old man's irrational behaviour prevents the court from taking his fears seriously. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 January 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What the Birds Knew See more »

Filming Locations:

Toho Studios, Tokyo, Japan

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Toshiro Mifune was 35 years old when he played the role of a 70 year old. See more »

Quotes

Kiichi Nakajima: Please, I beg of you. Go to Brazil, I beg of you. All of you, as one family. You say I'm deluded. Maybe I am. But H-bombs really exist. War can break out any time. If it does, it will be too late; you can go nowhere then. We can still make it, let's flee why we can.
[He points to the baby]
Kiichi Nakajima: I must spare him. I can't let an H-bomb get him.
[He starts sniffling]
Kiichi Nakajima: I gave up hope once. I thought I wouldn't care about you. If I could save this baby at least, that's what I thought. But all of you are my ...
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Mandatory Viewing
26 February 2003 | by scopitoneSee all my reviews

Unique and unforgettable ! Scenes that will literally haunt you with beauty, shock, and raw emotion. Unfortunately, rather contemporary due to it's threatening storyline of fear by nuclear attack. Superb ensemble acting with Mifune at peak intensity. Not a wasted shot with hypnotic direction by Kurosawa.


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