After Life (1998)
"Wandâfuru raifu" (original title)

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After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arata Iura ...
Takashi Mochizuki, counsellor (as Arata)
Erika Oda ...
Shiori Satonaka, trainee counsellor
Susumu Terajima ...
Satoru Kawashima, counsellor
Takashi Naitô ...
Takuro Sugie, counsellor
Kyôko Kagawa ...
Kyoko Watanabe, Ichiro's Wife
Kei Tani ...
Kennosuke Nakamura, boss
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Ichiro Watanabe, who cannot choose his favourite experience
Tôru Yuri ...
Gisuke Shoda, who talks about sex
Yûsuke Iseya ...
Yusuke Iseya, who refuses to choose his experience
Sayaka Yoshino ...
Kana Yoshino, talks about Disneyland
Kazuko Shirakawa ...
Nobuko Amano, who talks about her affair with a married man
Kôtarô Shiga ...
Kenji Yamamoto, who wants to forget his past
Hisako Hara ...
Kiyo Nishimura, old lady who loves cherry blossoms
Sadao Abe ...
Ichiro (as young man)
Natsuo Ishidô ...
Kyoko Watanabe as a young woman


After people die, they spend a week with counselors, also dead, who help them pick one memory, the only memory they can take to eternity. They describe the memory to the staff who work with a crew to film it and screen it at week's end; eternity follows. 22 dead arrive that week, assigned to three counselors and a trainee. One old man cannot find a memory, so he watches videotape of his life. Others pick their memory quickly, and the film crew gets right to work. The trainee, 18-year-old Shiori, helps a teenage girl choose a memory other than Disneyland. The youthful staff have a secret and feelings, too, which play out, especially Shiori's affection for her mentor, Mochizuki Written by <>

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What is the one memory you would take with you?


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Release Date:

17 April 1999 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

After Life  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,791 (USA) (14 May 1999)


$801,985 (USA) (24 March 2000)

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1.66 : 1
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Was released on DVD in France in 2010, 11 years after its 1999 theatrical release in the country. See more »


References September Affair (1950) See more »

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Illusion and memory in cinema
16 August 1999 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I think this film is as much about film-making as it is about "Heaven". I think the previous comment about creating lasting illusion on limited budgets pointed to the heart of this film. It is about a love of cinema much like "Cinema Paradiso".

A small crew of people have to create memories that last forever with shaky props and jury-rigged effects but it doesn't matter. The viewer is an active participant and memory can be revived with the barest of props and sets. Isn't that the ESSENCE of film, memory and active participation by the audience is why a film delights. The more you can relate to a film and understand it in terms of your own life, the more satisfying the whole experience is.

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