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.

  1. Akira Kurosawa

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Shinobu Hashimoto


Top Billed Cast

  1. Takashi Shimura

    Takashi Shimura

    Kanji Watanabe

  2. Haruo Tanaka

    Haruo Tanaka


  3. Nobuo Kaneko

    Nobuo Kaneko

    Mitsuo, son of Kanji

  4. Bokuzen Hidari

    Bokuzen Hidari


  5. Miki Odagiri


Full Cast & Crew




Original Title 生きる

Status Released

Release Information

  • March 25, 1956
    Theatrical (limited)


Original Language Japanese

Runtime 2h 23m

Budget -

Revenue $55,240.00



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