Ikiru (to live)

August 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

When faced with a death sentence, how will you choose to live out the rest of your days?
Ikiru (to live) a 1952 Japanese film co-written and directed by Akira Kurosawa

This is one of those movies I find truly beautiful, engaging, classic with just a great mix of drama, emotion and joy. It tells of a story of a man who is searching for happiness, when he is practically faced with a death sentence – a cancer. Check out the trailer here:

I was also very much moved by one of the songs in the movie called “Gondola no Uta” – a Japanese song for all the women out there to find that courage to fall in love.

life is brief.
fall in love, maidens
before the crimson bloom
fades from your lips
before the tides of passion
cool within you,
for those of you
who know no tomorrow

life is brief
fall in love, maidens
before his hands
take up his boat
before the flush of his cheeks fades
for those of you
who will never return here

life is brief
fall in love, maidens
before the boat drifts away
on the waves
before the hand resting on your shoulder
becomes frail
for those who will never
be seen here again

life is brief
fall in love, maidens
before the raven tresses begin to fade
before the flame in your hearts
flicker and die
for those to whom today
will never return

*source: Gondola no Uta

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