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Drama | Running Time: 102 minutes

2022 / English

Country: United Kingdom and South Africa

Directed by: Oliver Hermanus

MENA Premiere



Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen

Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, Tom Burke

Kazuo Ishiguro

Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro relocates Akira Kurosawa's 1952 masterpiece Ikiru to London, where Mr Williams (Bill Nighy, magnificently understated but bristling) is a management functionary in the council's planning office. For 30 years, he has ensured that there is no antagonism and no voices raised in his office, sliding anything that requires action – such as a mothers' petition for a playground - to the bottom of his in-tray. Only when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer does it hits him how much of his life he has squandered. He tries debauchery in the company of a louche writer (Tom Burke), inhales some optimism from a pretty young co-worker, Margaret (Aimee Lou Wood), and then resolves to do something worthwhile: get that playground built. It isn't a decisive victory – the office continues to be moribund without him – but there's plenty of hope in Mr Williams's revival.