Remake scripted by Kazuo Ishiguro of the film Kurosawa presented at the Venice Film Festival

A remake of Akira Kurosawa’s classic film “Ikiru” with a screenplay by Japanese-born British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro screened at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on Thursday.

Ishiguro, 67, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017, told a press conference he loved Kurosawa’s films and wondered how the story of ‘Ikiru’ might unfold in another country.

“Ikiru”, released in 1952, is the story of a town hall bureaucrat who is diagnosed with stomach cancer and has little time to live. He looks back on how he lived in the past and dedicates the rest of his life to building a small park. It is a masterpiece that criticizes the bureaucratic mentality and celebrates humanism.

The UK remake, ‘Living’, is set in post-WWII London, with British actor Bill Nighy, 72, playing the title character. Directed by Oliver Hermanus, 39, the film is in a category not eligible for the Golden Lion, the festival’s highest honor.

In a June 2015 interview with Yomiuri Shimbun, Ishiguro said his novel “The Buried Giant” was influenced by Kurosawa’s work.

The change in the way people view their work during the coronavirus pandemic inspired Ishiguro to write the script for the film.

“I think in particular the pandemic has caused people to stop and think about the relationship between what they’re doing and what their life should really be like,” he said at the conference. hurry. “I hope it’s a film that will particularly speak to the younger generation.”

“Living” is set to be released in Japan next spring.

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