生きる

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Kanji Watanabe is a middle-aged man who has worked in the same monotonous bureaucratic position for thirty years. After learning he has stomach cancer and less than a year to live, he attempts to come to terms with his impending death.
He tries to find escape in the pleasures of Tokyo’s nighlife, but after one night realizes this is not the solution. The following day, a chance encounter with one of his former subordinates leads him to pursue a different course. Watanabe is attracted to her joyous love of life and enthusiasm. He opens up to her by saying he just wants to live one day in such a carefree, youthful way as she does. She reveals that her happiness comes from her new job making toys, which makes her feel like she is playing with all the children of Japan.
Inspired by her example, Watanabe dedicates his remaining time to accomplishing one worthwhile achievement before his life ends; through his persistent efforts, he is able to overcome the inertia of bureaucracy and turn a mosquito-infested cesspool into a children’s playground.
In the last few moments of his life, he sits on a swing at the park he built. As the snow falls, he gazes lovingly over the playground, at peace with himself and the world. He begins singing “Gondola no Uta”, a ballad encouraging young women to find love while they are still young and beautiful, for life is short.
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Plot Line

Kanji Watanabe is a middle-aged man who has worked in the same monotonous bureaucratic position for thirty years. After learning he has stomach cancer and less than a year to live, he attempts to come to terms with his impending death.

He tries to find escape in the pleasures of Tokyo’s nighlife, but after one night realizes this is not the solution. The following day, a chance encounter with one of his former subordinates leads him to pursue a different course. Watanabe is attracted to her joyous love of life and enthusiasm. He opens up to her by saying he just wants to live one day in such a carefree, youthful way as she does. She reveals that her happiness comes from her new job making toys, which makes her feel like she is playing with all the children of Japan.

Inspired by her example, Watanabe dedicates his remaining time to accomplishing one worthwhile achievement before his life ends; through his persistent efforts, he is able to overcome the inertia of bureaucracy and turn a mosquito-infested cesspool into a children’s playground. In the last few moments of his life, he sits on a swing at the park he built. As the snow falls, he gazes lovingly over the playground, at peace with himself and the world. He begins singing “Gondola no Uta”, a ballad encouraging young women to find love while they are still young and beautiful, for life is short.


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"Fiver, there’s been some trouble: Hazel’s been shot."

"No."

"The Black Rabbit serves Lord Frith, he does no more than his appointed task."

"Hazel’s not dead."

Love this scene. Frail Fiver is told by two strong rabbits that Hazel, his leader, has been killed, but is not able to let his friend go. The way he says “Hazel’s not dead” and runs off to rescue him shows a different facet of his personality; despite earlier on in the film appearing scared and weak, when everybody else decides to leave Hazel for dead, he won’t give up on him. He has moral conviction.


Lord Frith, I know you’ve looked after us well and it’s wrong to ask even more of you, but my people are in terrible danger, so I would like to make a bargain with you: my life in return for theirs.

— Hazel, Watership Down (1978)