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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— Gary Vaynerchuk

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We stumbled on in the darkness, over big stones and through large puddles, along the one road leading from the camp. The accompanying guards kept shouting at us and driving us with the butts of their rifles. Anyone with very sore feet supported himself on his neighbor’s arm. Hardly a word was spoken; the icy wind did not encourage talk. Hiding his mouth behind his upturned collar, the man marching next to me whispered suddenly: “If our wives could see us now! I do hope they are better off in their camps and don’t know what is happening to us.”

That brought thoughts of my own wife to mind. And as we stumbled on for miles, slipping on icy spots, supporting each other time and again, dragging one another up and onward, nothing was said, but we both knew: each of us was thinking of his wife. Occasionally I looked at the sky, where the stars were fading and the pink light of the morning was beginning to spread behind a dark bank of clouds. But my mind clung to my wife’s image, imagining it with an uncanny acuteness. I heard her answering me, saw her smile, her frank and encouraging look. Real or not, her look was then more luminous than the sun which was beginning to rise.

A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way – an honorable way – in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment. For the first time in my life I was able to understand the meaning of the words, “The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory….”

— Vicktor Frankl, A Man’s Search For Meaning

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I can tell I am going to really enjoy this film. I’ve watched this scene over and over again and I still get an ache in my throat and tears in my eyes.

It makes you want to stand in a group of friends with your umbrellas out.