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Madadayo (1993)

 |  Drama  |  20 March 1998 (USA)
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Following World War II, a retired professor approaching his autumn years finds his quality of life drastically reduced in war-torn Tokyo. Denying despair, he pursues writing and celebrates his birthday with his adoring students.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuo Matsumura ...
Professor Hyakken Uchida
Kyôko Kagawa ...
Professor's Wife
Hisashi Igawa ...
Takayama
Jôji Tokoro ...
Amaki
Masayuki Yui ...
Kiriyama
Akira Terao ...
Sawamura
Takeshi Kusaka ...
Dr. Kobayashi
Asei Kobayashi ...
Rev. Kameyama
Hidetaka Yoshioka ...
Takayama's son
Yoshitaka Zushi ...
Neighbor
Mitsuru Hirata ...
Tada
Nobuto Okamoto ...
Ôta
Tetsu Watanabe
Norio Matsui
Murohide Sugizaki
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Storyline

This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by the change nor by time. Every year his students celebrate his birthday, issuing the question "Mahda kai?" (not yet?), just to hear Uehida-san's answer "Madada yo!" (No, not yet!), in a ritual of self affirmation, and desires of lasting forever. It's a very "japanese" film who portrays everyday life and customs in Japan. Written by Jaime Moraga <jim@moai.usach.cl>

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The final film by Japan's master filmmaker.

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$11,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,729 (USA) (22 September 2000)

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$48,856 (USA) (6 October 2000)
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The surreal cloudy background that appears in the final dream sequence (as well as the video cover) was painted by director Akira Kurosawa himself. See more »

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The story depicts Professor Hyakken's 60th birthday toward the end of World War II (1943-1945). But he was born in 1889; thus, he turned 60 years old in 1949. See more »

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L'ESTRO ARMONICO Op. II, Concert No 1 in D Major, RV 230
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Conducted by Claudio Scimone
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An easy-watchable Kurosawa about real japanese culture and characters
31 August 2004 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I've watched this movie more often then any other Kurosawa movie. I think most of his movies I've watched only once were movies whose impact on me will last a lifetime, thats why I don't need to watch 'Stray Dog' or 'Red Beard' too often, though they are my favorite. But this one is a movie I can watch on the evening, an easy-watchable and yet very touching and intensive movie, with moments to laugh and touching moments too. I realy like this movie for its sympathic characters - though it plays partly in fascism war-torn Japan. Maybe its the point of why I like these character especially

  • it shows that despite their fascistic affiliation the characters didn't


have to be evil - or at least not all.

It has also a few good jokes which you can only understand when you understand japanese - the main character is a distinguished author and german-teacher. He delivers a brilliant character-study.

Recommendable for everybody interested in japanese culture, especially postwar - and all Kurosawa-fans of course.


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