A straight-laced veteran of the civil service spends his days as a bureaucratic cog in the machine tasked with rebuilding Britain in wake of the Second World War. However, after receiving a stark medical diagnosis, he becomes determined to enjoy his remaining days and to make a mark on the world. Based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 masterpiece Ikiru, Oliver Hermanus’ poignant drama features gorgeous production and costume design as well as a graceful, master-class performance by Bill Nighy.
‘Bill Nighy puts in a career-best performance in an emotionally searing redo of Kurosawa’s Ikiru…may well leave you a sobbing mess’
Phil de Semlyen, Time Out
‘Nighy is heartbreakingly shy and sensitive, his refined, almost birdlike profile presented to the camera in occasional stark and enigmatic closeups.’
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
What else is on?
Today (Wednesday 8th February)
Tomorrow (Thursday 9th February)
Plan your visit
Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!