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You May Have Heard the Story but You Haven’t Seen This Vision

MOVIE REVIEW
Living

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Genre: Drama
Year Released: 2022
Runtime: 1h 42m
Director(s): Oliver Hermanus
Writer(s): Kazuo Ishiguro, Akira Kurosawa (original screenplay)
Cast: Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, Tom Burke
Where To Watch: In select theaters now


RAVING REVIEW: LIVING is a breathtaking reimagining of the classic film IKIRU, directed by Akira Kurosawa, exploring the meaning of life and the journey of self-discovery and human connection after facing one's mortality. With its stunning aesthetic reminiscent of the golden age of cinema and exceptional lead and supporting performances, the film delivers a powerful message about the importance of living in the present and cherishing every moment. Despite its heavy subject matter, LIVING is a hopeful and uplifting work that will leave a lasting impression on audiences and challenge them to reflect on their lives and the world around them.


LIVING is a breathtaking cinematic experience that questions the intricacies of existence and what it means to be alive. The film follows an individual's journey faced with their mortality, leading them on a journey of self-exploration and human connection. It's a moving tale that will resonate with audiences, making them reflect on the fleeting nature of life and the importance of cherishing every moment.

The film's aesthetic is a tribute to the golden era of cinema, showcasing the finest in product design and attention to detail. The cinematography is stunning, and the art direction is immaculate. The music score is a work of art, adding another layer of depth to the story. I wish they had captured the look and feel of the opening credits throughout the entire film.

LIVING has mortality, bureaucracy, and themes of progress. The film's narrative is nothing short of a modern classic. While the film follows the original story it was based on, it is a new creation with twists and turns that will allow a different audience to experience the story. The film challenges viewers to think about the world around them and their place in it. There is enough room in this world for two versions of IKIRU!

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