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Madadayo (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.

Directors:

Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda (uncredited)

Writers:

Akira Kurosawa, Hyakken Uchida (essays)
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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.

Genres:

Drama

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Trivia

Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 66th Academy Awards in 1994. 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 »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Akira Kurosawa Movies (2014) See more »

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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no better way to end his career
14 August 2003 | by polgas28See all my reviews

i'd put off watching Madadayo because i'd had apprehensions about a "modern day" kurosawa piece (even though it spans from 1943 to 1960), and i wish i hadn't. it was a beautiful, -beautiful- film and one definitely worth seeing.

the premise is simple -- it follows the life and relationship between a professor and his former students -- but the film itself is anything but. it's especially touching, knowing that it was kurosawa's ultimate work. despite the epic period masterpieces that were his hallmark, i can think of no better film to serve as kurosawa's last than this simple, elegant, sublime piece.

don't make the same mistake i did. don't put off seeing this movie. whether you're a fan of his work or not, you're guaranteed to enjoy it. it's the kind of films that transcend genres and leaves you touched, whether you were looking for it or not.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

17 April 1993 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$596
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Dolby Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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