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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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A thought experiment for humanists (and for humanists only) See more (102 total) »

Cast

  (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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54 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
A thought experiment for humanists (and for humanists only), 29 April 2001
Author: KFL from Bloomington, IN

The Afterlife is best thought of as a kind of thought experiment, perhaps in the same vein as Groundhog Day. The point is not that this may be what we experience after death; it is rather that we need to think more about what it is in this life that we'd really like to keep with us forever.

This point needs emphasis. When asked what we want most in life, most of us will talk about our career, or a business venture perhaps, or some other accomplishment. This movie suggests that these kinds of things may not, at the end of the day, be so important as some other experiences we may have. In any case, it challenges us to rethink what it is we really value.

Some reviewers complain about the quite ordinary surroundings and "poor production values" of the movie. I prefer to think of the choice of sets etc as humble and realistic. Could any movie, whatever its budget, ever possibly do justice to this subject matter?

Much of this movie is devoted to explorations of the lives of a number of rather ordinary people, trying to identify their most cherished memories. Some reviewers have condemned The Afterlife as boring, boring, BORING on this account. It all depends on whether other people interest you. If all you want to see is car chases, sex, explosions, cool special effects,...avoid this movie. Only, it's worth noting that the lives and thoughts of others may help us to better understand ourselves. And nowhere more so than in this movie.

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