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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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8 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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(43 articles)
DreamWorks To Remake Hirokazu Kore-eda's Cannes Prize Winning 'Like Father, Like Son'
 (From The Playlist. 29 August 2013, 5:22 PM, PDT)


 (From Alt Film Guide. 26 May 2013, 7:37 PM, PDT)

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 (From The Guardian - Film News. 25 May 2013, 4:05 PM, PDT)

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Cast

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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
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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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Runtime:
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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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Wandafuru movie!, 10 January 2000
Author: Ben-113 (benheine@hotmail.com) from Munich, Germany

I really loved Kore-eda's first feature "Maboroshi No Hikari", so I had been looking forward very much to seeing "Afterlife" (named "Wandafuru raifu" in Japanese, after Frank Capra's movie "It's a wonderful Life") during its run in London.

At first I noticed that the film is formally very different from its predecessor; while "Maboroshi No Hikari" owes much to the influence of Ozu, and especially Hou Hsiao-hsien, "Afterlife" draws more on the directors background as a documentary filmmaker. What the two films share, however, is the theme of memory (Note: also a theme with Hirokazu Kore-eda's documentary work - check out "Without Memory", about a man suffering of severe amnesia). In "Maboroshi No Hikari" Yumiko is not able to forget the memory of her dead husband, whereas in "Afterlife" the recently deceased must chose one memory that will accompany them into eternity.

I feel that Kore-eda handles this entirely hypothetical premise in the best possible way, by steering completely clear of the stylistic superficialities with which so many other films about life after death desperately try to make themselves believable. The unspectacular old school building as a setting, the ceiling window with its interchangeable templates for the different stages of the moon, a character who himself has doubts as to whether this is really the best way of going to the next world and the absence of any religious connotations, among other things, all serve to keep the focus on the characters and their memories - many of whom are actually real. Apart from tongue in cheek humour, the lack of music also prevents over-sentimentalization and makes the memories the people recall the more sincere. The no-budget filming of the recollections of the deceased in order to trigger their personal memory, toward the end of the movie, also illustrates that the director is fully aware of his own limitations and possibilities as a film-maker. Rather than just trying to create the illusion of some half-baked version of the hereafter, he wants to challenge the viewer to reflect on what would be his/her most important memory - and succeeds in every way.

This is a movie that surly can be appreciated by anyone who possesses at least a tiniest inkling of openness and willingness to experience cinema as more than mere entertainment. Top mark for this one!

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