Seminal Image #474

Ikimono no kiroku
(I Live in Fear)
(Akira Kurosawa; 1955)

1 comment:

Vanwall said...

I find it interesting how Westernized Japanese society became in such a short time. Kurosawa was very good at catching on film the cracks in the interfaces between those two, without seeming too much of either persuasion.

I recently read "The Tattoo Murder Case", by Takagi, a nifty mystery that was written in '48, but just translated recently, and it has the same collision of societies as a background, and Nagasaki as a plot device. The acceptance of nuclear bombing as punishment for national moral failure - both the war, and, curiously, being on the losing side, are scarily evident back then.