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I Live in Fear

Posted by Josh Samford On February - 2 - 2012

I Live in Fear (1955)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Fumio Hayasaka, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura and Minoru Chiaki



The Plot: Dr. Harada (Takashi Shimura) is a dentist who volunteers for the local courts as a mediator on small matters between families. Although he seems to be inconvenienced by the position, he really enjoys being in the midst of the legal system. When he is called to another family-court dispute, he is introduced to Kiichi Nakajima (Toshiro Mifune), who is a very peculiar man. He has been called forward by his family who intend to prove him incompetent due to the outrageous ways that he intends to spend his fortune. He has developed an extreme case of anxiety due to a fear of pending nuclear war. He has built a nuclear bunker at this point, but his family is pushed to the point of outrage when they hear his latest plan: Nakajima fully intends to purchase a farm in Brazil, and then move his entire family onto the property. Knowing nothing of farming nor Brazil, his family is naturally hesitant. However, they also fear that their father will leave and take with him his fortune that they feel should be a part of their inheritance. Faced with this bizarre family crisis, Dr. Harada must deal with his own fear of nuclear destruction and toy with the idea that while maybe Nakajima is taking things to an extreme, perhaps he is also taking things to their next logical step.

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