MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 8,615 this week

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

7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 6,524 users  
Reviews: 101 user | 78 critic

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

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 41 titles
created 19 Aug 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 15 Nov 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 09 Feb 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 21 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "After Life" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: After Life (1998)

After Life (1998) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of After Life.
8 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

I Wish (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Twelve-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, hears a rumor that the new bullet trains will precipitate a wish-granting miracle when they pass each other at top speed.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Kôki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Hiroshi Abe
Air Doll (2009)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Doona Bae, Arata Iura, Itsuji Itao
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki
After.Life (2009)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young woman caught between life and death... and a funeral director who appears to have the gift of transitioning the dead, but might just be intent on burying her alive.

Director: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
Stars: Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson, Justin Long
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An elementary school in Japan begins an experimental program that frames the students' curriculum around one single project: the raising of a calf from adolescence to adulthood. Through ... See full summary »

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
However... (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Going My Home (TV Mini-Series 2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Stars: Aoi Tatsumi, Hiroshi Abe, Tomoko Yamaguchi
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Drama

A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their 13-year-old half sister.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Cocco
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What is the one memory you would take with you?

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 April 1999 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

After Life  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$801,985 (USA) (24 March 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

References September Affair (1950) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of my all time favourites
23 June 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in the theatre. It is always a pleasure to be at a viewing where there is spontaneous applause at the end. This is one of those movies. It speaks to your very soul. I understand that quite a few of the cast were not professional actors, but spoke from their own lifetime experiences. There is a very simple premise: you get to choose the most favourite moment of your life after you are dead and then help to recreate it, staging, cast of characters, scene - and the total non-professional manufacturing of this moment I found very touching - so that it can be savoured for all eternity. The perfect heaven. Of course some recently dead people can't think of anything, some remember very simple things, some are given assistance, like the record of their entire life in video form to review and extract a memory, if they can. The cast and direction is brilliant. I shudder to think of what modern Hollywood would do with this ("What dreams may come" being a case in point). It was all extremely simple and believable and has certainly had me talking about it for quite a while since I have seen it. 8 out of 10.


14 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
why recreate memories? ningunnombre
The last scene. greenroot
2 scenes cut out? readams
Available on Region 2? abu892
Dismal Setting tcmaya
available in Australia? anjua
Discuss After Life (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?