About

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...

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Directed by

Akira Kurosawa

Written by

Akira Kurosawa (Screenplay)
Shinobu Hashimoto (Screenplay)
Hideo Oguni (Screenplay)

Runtime

143 minutes

Country

Japan

Language

Japanese

Tagline

A big story of a little man which will grip your soul ...

Cast

Keywords

office japan loneliness bar age difference bureaucracy playground night life sense of life swing infatuation bureaucrat obsequies

Lists

#124 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#113 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#459 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

#44 on The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema Empire