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17 April 1999 (Japan) See more »
What is the one memory you would take with you?
After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Arata Iura ... Takashi Mochizuki, counselor (as Arata)
Erika Oda ... Shiori Satonaka, trainee counselor
Susumu Terajima ... Satoru Kawashima, counselor
Takashi Naitô ... Takuro Sugie, counselor
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:
"Wandafuru 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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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Illusion and memory in cinema, 16 August 1999
Author: freakus from San Francisco, CA

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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