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This edition: Ikiru (1952)

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Episode Details

First aired: October 22, 2016.

(1952, Drama, b&w, Japanese w/English subtitles) Director: Akira Kurosawa. Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto. Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori. Kanji Watanabe is a longtime bureaucrat in a city office who, along with the rest of the office, spends his entire working life doing nothing. He learns he is dying of cancer and wants to find some meaning in his life. He finds himself unable to talk with his family, and spends a night on the town with a novelist, but that leaves him unfulfilled. He next spends time with a young woman from his office, but finally decides he can make a difference through his job. Discussion guest: Paul Anderer, Columbia University.

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Paul Anderer Professor of Japanese Literature, Columbia University