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Mâdadayo (1993)

Following World War II, a retired professor approaching his autumn years finds his quality of life drastically reduced in war-torn Tokyo. Denying despair, he pursues writing and celebrates his birthday with his adoring students.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa

Writers:

Akira Kurosawa, Hyakken Uchida (essays)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Professor Hyakken Uchida
Hisashi Igawa ... Takayama
George Tokoro George Tokoro ... Amaki (as Jôji Tokoro)
Masayuki Yui ... Kiriyama
Akira Terao Akira Terao ... Sawamura
Takeshi Kusaka Takeshi Kusaka ... Dr. Kobayashi
Asei Kobayashi Asei Kobayashi ... Rev. Kameyama
Kyôko Kagawa ... Professor's Wife
Mitsuru Hirata Mitsuru Hirata ... Tada
Takao Zushi Takao Zushi ... Kitamura
Nobuto Okamoto Nobuto Okamoto ... Ôta
Tetsu Watanabe
Kimihiro Reizei Kimihiro Reizei ... Murayama
Norio Matsui Norio Matsui
Akihiko Sugizaki Akihiko Sugizaki
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Storyline

This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by the change nor by time. Every year his students celebrate his birthday, issuing the question "Mahda kai?" (not yet?), just to hear Uehida-san's answer "Madada yo!" (No, not yet!), in a ritual of self affirmation, and desires of lasting forever. It's a very "japanese" film who portrays everyday life and customs in Japan. Written by Jaime Moraga <jim@moai.usach.cl>

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The final film by Japan's master filmmaker.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Not Yet See more »

Filming Locations:

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Budget:

$11,900,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tatsuo Matsumura was 79 years old when he played the Professor, portraying the professor between the ages of 58 and 77. Matsumura was older than his character throughout the movie, almost twenty years older than the Professor he portrayed for most of the picture. See more »

Goofs

The story depicts Professor Hyakken's 60th birthday toward the end of World War II (1943-1945). But he was born in 1889; thus, he turned 60 years old in 1949. See more »

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Soundtracks

L'ESTRO ARMONICO Op. II, Concert No 1 in D Major, RV 230
Music by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Solisti Veneti (as I Solisti Veneti)
Conducted by Claudio Scimone
Courtesy of ERARO DISQUES S.A.
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The fruits of quiet observation
12 February 2000 | by KFLSee all my reviews

I have to disagree with the individual who suggests that viewers who liked Ran or Seven Samurai will like this. I think the individual who compared this to some of Ingmar Bergman's work is much nearer the mark.

If you're not ready to observe rather mundane happenings in the interest of understanding universal life experiences, you probably won't appreciate this film. It takes some serenity and patience on the part of the viewer, which however are rewarded.

The English subtitles are competent, but cannot explain everything. The word for "fool" in Japanese is written using the characters for horse and for deer; hence the stew of horse meat and venison becomes a "fool's stew." And more importantly, the title Madadayo, though correctly translated as Not Yet, is very often associated with a game of hide-and-seek, with the children who are hiding crying "madadayo!" until they've found a good spot to hide. This will serve to explain the final scene, and make it more poignant perhaps...for the Japanese too speak of returning to one's childhood in extreme old age.


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