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After Life (1998)

Wandafuru raifu (original title)
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After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.

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Hirokazu Koreeda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arata Iura ... Takashi Mochizuki, counselor (as Arata)
Erika Oda Erika Oda ... Shiori Satonaka, trainee counselor
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Satoru Kawashima, counselor
Takashi Naitô Takashi Naitô ... Takuro Sugie, counselor
Kyôko Kagawa ... Kyoko Watanabe, Ichiro's Wife
Kei Tani Kei Tani ... Kennosuke Nakamura, boss
Taketoshi Naitô Taketoshi Naitô ... Ichiro Watanabe, who cannot choose his favourite experience
Tôru Yuri 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 Kazuko Shirakawa ... Nobuko Amano, who talks about her affair with a married man
Kôtarô Shiga Kôtarô Shiga ... Kenji Yamamoto, who wants to forget his past
Hisako Hara Hisako Hara ... Kiyo Nishimura, old lady who loves cherry blossoms
Sadao Abe Sadao Abe ... Ichiro (as young man)
Natsuo Ishidô Natsuo Ishidô ... Kyoko Watanabe as a young woman
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A small mid-20th century social-service-style office is a waystation for the souls of the recently deceased, where they are processed before entering their personal heaven - a single happy memory re-experienced for eternity. Every Monday, a new group of recently deceased people check in, and the "social workers" in the lodge explain their situation. Once the newly-dead have identified their happiest memories, workers design and replicate each person's chosen memory, which is staged and filmed. At the end of the week, the recently deceased watch the films of their recreated happiest memories in a screening room. As soon as each person sees his or her own memory, he or she vanishes to whatever state of existence lies beyond and takes only that single memory with them. The story pays most attention to two of the "counselors," Takashi (Arata) and Shiori (Oda). Takashi has been assigned to help an old man, Ichiro (played by Naito Taketoshi), select his memory. Reviewing videotape of ... Written by Gaafar

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Taglines:

What is the one memory you would take with you?

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 April 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

After Life See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,791, 16 May 1999

Gross USA:

$801,985

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$801,985
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Much of the action in After Life is shown as interviews conducted with the recently deceased regarding their lives. Some of these interviews were scripted, but many were done impromptu, with real people (not actors) reminiscing about their own lives. See more »

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Referenced in Waking Life (2001) See more »

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A quietly stunning fantasy as documentary.
6 December 1999 | by alice liddellSee all my reviews

One of the few masterpieces of the year, and a rare sighting of a new talent who will surely become one of the greats. Fantasy is once again shown to be the most flexible of all forms - it can sustain profound metaphysical questions as well as examinations into Japanese history, culture and society. But, most importantly, it is the true form to examine people - their hopes and desires, fears and failures. Despite the buff hue and downbeat tone, AFTER LIFE is a comedy, it celebrates life even as it ends, even as it disappoints. It also makes the strongest case for - and against - filmmaking in recent memory.


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