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Hirokazu Koreeda (writer)
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Release Date:
17 April 1999 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
What is the one memory you would take with you?
Plot:
After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
8 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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(44 articles)
Like Father, Like Son Blu-ray Review
 (From The Hollywood News. 29 April 2014, 3:00 AM, PDT)

DreamWorks To Remake Hirokazu Kore-eda's Cannes Prize Winning 'Like Father, Like Son'
 (From The Playlist. 29 August 2013, 5:22 PM, PDT)


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Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Tomomi Hiraiwa ... Receptionist
Tae Kimura ... Dining Hall Worker
Yasuhiro Kasamatsu
Akio Yokoyama ... Security Guard
Miyako Yamaguchi ... Dining Hall Worker
Kazuji Araki ... Dead Man
Kunio Endo ... Dead Man
Michi Okuma ... Dead Woman
Shinichiro Okuno ... Dead Man
Yoshitaka Kaneko ... Dead Man
Keigyoku Kane ... Dead Man
Yone Kori ... Dead Woman
Masaaki Kojima ... Dead Man
Terumasa Takahashi ... Dead Man
Chie Takamatsu ... Dead Woman
Kimiko Tatara ... Dead Woman
Toshio Nomoto ... Dead Man
Nanae Hirakawa ... Dead Woman
Taro Bundo ... Dead Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Reila Aphrodite
Naruki Matsukawa

Directed by
Hirokazu Koreeda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hirokazu Koreeda  writer

Produced by
Masayuki Akieda .... producer
Shiho Sato .... producer
Yutaka Shigenobu .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Yasuhiro Kasamatsu 
 
Cinematography by
Masayoshi Sukita 
Yutaka Yamazaki 
 
Film Editing by
Hirokazu Koreeda 
 
Production Design by
Hideo Gunji 
Toshihiro Isomi 
 
Sound Department
Osamu Takizawa .... sound designer
Osamu Takizawa .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yuzuru Sato .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Linda Hoaglund .... subtitler: English
 

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Also Known As:
"Wandâfuru raifu" - Japan (original title)
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Brazil:118 min | Argentina:118 min
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Was released on DVD in France in 2010, 11 years after its 1999 theatrical release in the country.See more »
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References Rebecca (1940)See more »

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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful., 1 January 2001
Author: George Williamson (henry's_cat) from edinburgh

Afterlife is another film offering an answer to the unanswerable question "What happens after you die? ". Although this has been asked many times through cinema in the past, few films have answered as elegantly as Afterlife.

Directly after dying the departed are received by a group of counsellors who assist them in finding what was, for them, the most beautiful and perfect, single experience of their lives. For some the choice is easy and they are instantly able to provide the moment, which, once recreated by technicians, they remain in forever but the majority of the film concentrates upon those who are unable to find their perfect moment, and need extra help to recall past loves and lost days of their youth. The institution has the perfect means to assist this choice, with the complete life of everyone on grainy home-video, perhaps a comment on the tehcnology and recording-obsessed Japanese.

Many of the scenes are visually exceptional, especially those in the snow and everything seems very real, and, ironically, down-to-earth, especially the school building being used throughout the film giving an institutional feeling, but the interaction between the staff is where the film holds its true strength. Especially interesting is the relationship between Shiori, a newly employed worker, and Mochizuki, her mentor, which develops throughout. The film is slow to start due to the documentary style often used, but proceeds in an enveloping manner holding your attention to the end. Along with "Heaven can wait" and "Beetlejuice" this film offers another novel look at life, death and the hereafter.

The Japanese title was "Wandafuru raifu" (wonderful life, after Frank Capra) and, even though the film is dealing with death, it is a statement of how wonderful life is.

I loved this film and it stuck me stunningly and reminded me of how good films can be when they try.

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