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.
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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? Skip to main content.
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Anyone got a Xanax they can spare? I Live in Fear opens with shots of busy Tokyo intersections, accompanied by music of the theremin, that eerie high pitched electronic wail that instantly signals s Atomic Age paranoia. Music is a universal language indeed! The action opens with a dentist taking a phone call right in the middle of doing a check-up — I could hardly imagine such a thing happening nowadays. Upon arrival, Dr. Harada is plunged into a roiling dispute afflicting the family of Kiichi Nakajima, a wealthy, aging industrialist whose increasingly eccentric behavior is creating a rift between him and his dependents. Further complicating matters, we quickly learn that his offspring include more than just the children that he and his wife have raised. Tensions are already at a boiling point as we get to know the basic facts of the case. Nakajima, used to calling the shots after years of ruling his steel foundry with an iron fist, is facing unexpected opposition by his own sons, Ichiro and Jiro, who serve as spokesmen for the rest of the family.