I Live in Fear


Time Out says

Made between Seven Samurai and Throne of Blood, this contemporary social problem movie is Kurosawa's least commercially successful work. Mifune is the ageing, patriarchal head of a Tokyo family who, terrified at the prospect of a nuclear war, decides to sell up the family business and emigrate to a farm in Brazil. With Mifune uncomfortable playing a character twice his real age, and the character himself rendered incoherent by a script which seems uncertain whether it's him or society which is insane, a volunteer court official (Shimura) - required to adjudicate in the ensuing family squabble - a little awkwardly assumes the role of moral centre. It's a problematic film, wearing its uncertainties on its sleeve; but whether shooting in long takes or cutting the footage from multiple camera shooting, Kurosawa remains the cinema's supremely humanist emotional manipulator. See it and worry.

By: RM


Release details

113 mins

Cast and crew

Akira Kurosawa
Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni, Akira Kurosawa
Toshiro Mifune
Eiko Miyoshi
Takashi Shimura
Yutaka Sada
Minoru Chiaki
Haruko Togo
Kamatari Fujiwara
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