This is one of a series of notes for A Chronological Biography of Akira Kurosawa.

A powerful drama about a petty bureaucrat in the water deapartment who discovers that he is dying of cancer. Coming to the realization that his life has been a meaningless quest for following petty company rules, and tries to find meaning in his life by exploring pleasure, his family, and a young woman. None of these satisfies him so he dedicates himself to getting a park built that the system had previously blocked.

Title: Ikiru ("I Want to Live")
Original Title in Japanese: Ikiru
Running Time: 166 min
Year: 1952
Company: Toho
Writer(s): Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Koguni Director of Photography: Choichi Nakai
Production Designer: Takashi Matsuyama
Music: Fumio Hayasaka
Assistant Director)s): Hisanobu Marubayashi, Hiromichi Horikawa, Teruo Maru

Takashi Shimura (Kanji Watanabe), Miki Odagiri (Toyo Odagiri), Yunosuke Ito (a novelist), Shinichi Himori (Kimura), Haruo Tanaka (Sakai), Minoru Chiaki (Noguchi), Bokuzen Hidari (Obara)