(Akira Kurosawa, 1952, 143 min, Japan, Japanese w/ English Subtitles, Black & White, DVD)
In Akira Kurosawa’s critically acclaimed drama, 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 of significance. After discovering he is suffering from a terminal illness, Kanji becomes intensely self-absorbed until he finds a mission to build a playground for the children in an urban ghetto as a way of coming to peace with his life.
– Winner for Best Film at the 1953 Kinema Jumpo Awards and the 1953 Mainichi Film Concourse
– Recipient of a Special Prize of the Senate at the 1954 Berlin International Film Festival
Sponsors: The Self-Knowledge Symposium, Duke Philosophical Society, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Dept. of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Student Organization Finance Committee, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI)
DATE: March 31, 2011
LOCATION: White Auditorium, East Campus, Duke