After Life (1998) japan
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Director:Hirokazu Koreeda
Studio:New Yorker Video
Producer:Yutaka Shigenobu
Writer:Hirokazu Koreeda
Rating:4.5 (68 votes)
Date Added:2010-04-15
Genre:Documentary Style
Picture Format:Widescreen
Hirokazu Koreeda  ...  (Director)
Hirokazu Koreeda  ...  (Writer)
Arata  ...  
Erika Oda  ...  
Susumu Terajima  ...  
Takashi Naitô  ...  
Kyôko Kagawa  ...  
Masayoshi Sukita  ...  Cinematographer
Yutaka Yamasaki  ...  Cinematographer
Hirokazu Koreeda  ...  Editor
Tags: Buddhism Drama

Summary: This unpretentious, endearing film is a modest triumph. Based on interviews with more than 500 people about the one memory they would choose to take with them to heaven, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda has modeled a unique blend of documentary and fiction that addresses the vagaries of memory but also what it means to make films. "After Life" transpires in a sort of way station where the dead must select one memory to be re-created on film and taken on with them forever, relinquishing everything else. Over the span of a week, a dedicated group of caseworkers tease out self-deceptions as well as real epiphanies from 22 different lives. An old woman remembers reuniting with her husband on a crowded bridge after World War II; a man recollects the breeze felt on a tram ride the day before summer vacation; a successful man faces his own treachery. Remembering becomes a courageous act in the casual exposition of this lovely film. "--Fionn Meade"