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.
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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. Unfazed by Mr.
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