I Live in Fear (Ikimono no kiroku)
I Live in Fear (Ikimono no kiroku) (1955)

I Live in Fear presents Toshiro Mifune as an elderly, stubborn businessman so fearful of a nuclear attack that he resolves to move his reluctant family to South America.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 22, 1955
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

I feel sure that Mr. Kurosawa could have come up with a more constructive thought on how people should use their energies to pacifistic purpose than the negative one he gives us here.

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Louis Proyect

A rough adaptation of King Lear, just as was "Ran" that Kurosawa made 30 years later. Not without its problems, but any Kurosawa is better than the Cineplex crap in your local neighborhood.

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Jeremy Heilman

I Live in Fear shows that Kurosawa is far from content with humanity, but that doesn't mean he's given up hope entirely.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

A compelling look at postwar Japan as well as the onset of Cold War paranoia.

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Fernando F. Croce

Akira Kurosawa's social x-raying is a continuation of Ikiru

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Perhaps a bit too loose and leisurely to be entirely effective.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mifune was miscast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
this is a very profound film. mifune nails his portrayal of an old man losing his grip, and you see that he doesnt genuinely go crazy because of the reasons… More
It is missing a little something but it is well worth the watch. Toshiro Mifune gives another good performance, this time as a tough old man who is paranoid… More
Luke Baldock
Certainly not Kurosawa's best this is another example of his fear of nuclear disaster. Also apparent in Dreams. The paranoia aspects are as true today as… More
Chris Browning
After the successes of many films which include Kurosawa's masterpiece Seven Samurai and Rashomon, I Live in Fear departs back to the Drama's Kurosawa… More
Walter M.
"I Live in Fear" starts with Dr. Harada(Takashi Shimura), a dentist, about to do his civic duty by being an adjudicator in family court. The case he… More