Ikiru (1952) quotes
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.
I can’t afford to hate people. I don’t have that kind of time.
How tragic that man can never realize how beautiful life is until he is face to face with death.
I don’t know what I’ve been doing with my life all these years.
That’s Dad’s mentality. Typical petty bureaucrat.
– Mitsuo Watanabe, Kanji’s son
How beautiful! Truly beautiful. A sunset. I don’t think I’ve really looked at one in 30 years.
Drinking this expensive sake is like paying myself back with poison for the way I lived all these years.
What would you do if you only had six months left to live?
Stop making that face. Enough about your dad. He has his life. We have ours.
– Kazue Watanabe, Mitsuo’s wife
What have I been living for all these years?
Now I remember: I nearly drowned in a pond once when I was a child. I felt exactly the same way then. Everything’s going black. I writhe and thrash around, but there’s nothing to hold on to – except you.
What about your son?
Don’t talk to me about him! I have no son. I’m all alone.
No, you don’t understand! My son is somewhere far away. Just as my mom and pop were when I was drowning in that pond. Remembering it now, it’s even more painful than it was then.
After 30 years without an absence, you deserve at least six months off.
Dying is very difficult.
With a young mistress, the hormonal effect can temporarily rejuvenate an old man. Happens all the time.
– Kiichi Watanabe, Kanji’s Brother
We have to be greedy for life. They say greed is a vice, but that’s outdated. Greed is a virtue, especially greed for enjoying life.