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2.0 out of 5 stars Ikiru (To Dig), June 11, 2010
This review is from: Ikiru - Essential Art House (DVD)
Ikiru (To Live) (1952) looked very promising, and I am a great fan of Kurosawa and Takashi Shimura. However, within the first six minutes, it was obvious there was a problem with the subtitling. There were no English Subtitles. Most of the dialog went without any sound whatsoever either, and those Japanese subtitles that did appear were often truncated - the sentence would break in the middle. Plus, I can't read Japanese.

This may have been a Kurosawa crew problem, as the lower part of the picture seemed slightly out of alignment, and may have cut off the subtitles, and showed only the top line when there was more than one line of dialog.

Unfortunately, I could not figure out any way to re-align the picture, so it may have been a DVD problem. Very disappointing, as I had looked forward to watching this movie.

Nothing made any sense, and it was just too difficult to try to figure out what was happening. But, eventually, through lip reading and obvious hints, I did. So English Subtitles were not really necessary if you've studied Kurosawa and Japanese film. In all, Ikiru (To Live) is just a silent Kurosawa film.

So, basically what I got out of Ikiru (To Live) is to be happy with yourself, don't smoke, and to be very courteous to dirty, scheming, corrupt politicians.
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Initial post: Nov 13, 2010 8:34:59 AM PST
D. Solomon says:
I had this same problem with a different Criterion Release, "The Wages of Fear." What I found, was that there is a setting in the DVD Player, that allows you to reposition the subtitles. Once done, you can read the entire subtitles. I imagine all players have this function, you just have to find it. I have only had this problem with Criterion titles, so I don't know why they choose to display their subtitles so low in the frame. Hope this helps.
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