I LIVE IN FEAR A film by Akira Kurosawa When a wealthy foundry owner decides to move his entire family from Tokyo to Brazil to escape the nuclear holocaust which he fears is imminent, his family, afraid of losing their status and inheritance tries to have him declared mentally incompetent. Made at the height of the Cold War, with the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki still a recent memory, this blazing attack on complacency stemmed from the same H-Bomb paranoia that gave birth to the Godzilla films. Kurosawa regular Toshiro Mifune delivers an extraordinary performance as a man twice his age , as does Takashi Shimura, who two years before had starred as the cancer-stricken clerk in Ikiru. I live in Fear, through one of Kurosawa's least commercially successful films, was the picture he expressed himself proudest of having made. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Both the final film of this period in which Akira Kurosawa would directly wrestle with the demons of the Second World War and his most literal representation of living in an atomic age, the galvanizing I Live in Fear presents Toshiro Mifune as an elderly, stubborn businessman so fearful of a nuclear attack that he resolves to move his reluctant family to South America. With this mournful film, the director depicts a society emerging from the shadows but still terrorized by memories of the past and anxieties for the future. Toshiro Mifune needed only three feet. Kurosawa first took note of the handsome actor when Mifune was twenty-seven, during an open audition at Toho Studios; he was soon cast in Snow Trail , a film Kurosawa wrote for director Senkichi Taniguchi. Just one year later, Kurosawa gave him the lead in Drunken Angel as a consumptive gangster.
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The film stars Toshiro Mifune as an elderly factory owner so terrified of the prospect of a nuclear attack that he becomes determined to move his entire extended family to what he imagines is the safety of a farm in Brazil. It is in black-and-white and runs minutes. The film was entered into the Cannes Film Festival. Kiichi Nakajima Toshiro Mifune , an elderly foundry owner convinced that Japan will be affected by an imminent nuclear war , resolves to move his family to safety in Brazil. His family decides to have him ruled incompetent, and he is brought before a three-man tribunal, including Dr. Harada Takashi Shimura , a Domestic Court counselor, for arbitration. Harada, a civil volunteer in the case, sympathizes with Nakajima's conviction. He points out that the fear of atomic and nuclear weapons is present in every citizen of Japan, and wonders aloud whether it is wrong to rule someone incompetent simply for being more worried than the average citizen. Eventually, the old man's irrational behavior prevents the court from taking his fears seriously, and he is found incompetent.