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This unpretentious, endearing film is a modest triumph. Based on interviews with more than 500 people about the one memory they would choose to take with them to heaven, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda has modeled a unique blend of documentary and fiction that addresses the vagaries of memory but also what it means to make films. After Life transpires in a sort of way station where the dead must select one memory to be re-created on film and taken on with them forever, relinquishing everything else. Over the span of a week, a dedicated group of caseworkers tease out self-deceptions as well as real epiphanies from 22 different lives. An old woman remembers reuniting with her husband on a crowded bridge after World War II; a man recollects the breeze felt on a tram ride the day before summer vacation; a successful man faces his own treachery. Remembering becomes a courageous act in the casual exposition of this lovely film. --Fionn Meade
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From the award-winning director Kore-eda Hirokazu (Maborosi) comes a remarkably touching film exploring the profound human need to discover meaning in everyday life.
Many films have offered insight into the unexplainable realm of the after life. In Kore-eda's thought-provoking vision, the newly deceased find themselves in a way station somewhere between Heaven and Earth.
With the help of dedicated caseworkers, each soul is given three days to choose one cherished memory from their life that they will relive for eternity. As the film reveals, recognizing happiness and finding a life's worth of meaning in a single event is no simple task. If Heaven is only a single memory from your life, as Kore-eda suggests, which memory would you choose?
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Whoa, how's that for a premise and assignment in this documentary-style movie? That's what the staff of the limbo between death and the afterlife tell the arrivals who have died the previous day. The staff includes the boss Nakamura and counselors Mochizuki, a sensitive soul, it turns out, Sugite, and Kawashima. There's also Shiori, a sullen young woman who assists Mochizuki, as well as others. They are hard-working and detail-oriented, trying to get the day, season, weather, atmosphere, environment, all so it can be duplicated on film. And the evening conferences they have with their Nakamura shows the great Japanese work ethic and empowerment the staff have. The courtesy and patience towards the deceased shown by the staff was really wonderful.
The set-up's not glamorous-a spartan old schoolhouse with falling paint, none of your pearly gates and St. Peter peering at the Heaven or Hell registry through his specs. There's also some nearby woods and a studio for filming.
I was saddened by the number of young people who died. 35, 29, there was even one schoolgirl in her teens who initially chose Disney's Splash Mountain. Which made me think, what happened to them? How did they die?Read more ›
First of all it is not your typical Japanese odd ball.It is actually very straight forward. Story and the location is very
down to earth. Strange thing that the film is set in a parallel world or better a zone between earth and heaven&hell. People live and work there just like in earth.Even announcements are made regularly. In this parralel zone, people who lost their lives recently, come and pick a memory before exiting to the otherside.Of course everybody is strangely Japanese but it is a Japanese film is not it? This memory will be the only thing that they will remember about their past lives. There is a government office type place there whose employees (dead people just like visitors who still unsure about which memory to pick)try to help the visitors to pick a memory. When a memory is picked, these people help the visitors to re live the memory by re creating it with actors and other resources. These clerks has a band as well which performs at the farewell seremonies.
So a very straight looking movie which shatter all these past visions of afterlife in other movies. Yes it is not the afterlife itself and director wisely protects films authenticity by not showing it. But this parallel world is without any phantasy locations or people. So director takes us in to the meaning and the message of the film without being irrevelent.
Film's message is simply based on the memories and our failure to appreciate them. Visitors who want to decide which memory to pick is provided with video tapes of thie entire life. Some of them watch it and find how life was beautiful when they were unaware of it, how moments shared with precious ones were actually the best of times which were always unnoticed and forgotten quickly.Read more ›
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In the midst of chaos, violence, shallowness as exemplified by so many movies, most especially those from Hollywood, AFTER LIFE is a welcome breath of fresh air, of beauty. Read morePublished on July 12 2002 by Neal Reynolds
From JAPAN and director KORE-EDA HIROKAZU comes this fascinating look at what happens after we die! In this film those who have passed over find themselves in a SPIRITUAL... Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2001 by Michael Anthony Brenton
It's filmed in such a realistic and thought-out fashion. It's especially touching how Kore-Eda deals with how we see ourselves through memories and how that can change from... Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2001 by errorfound482
I have seen plenty of japanese films which I thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunatly, After Life was not one of those. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2001 by Tony Martinez
This movie makes you think about those magical moments in life (sometimes too short in time but extraordinary powerfuls) in which one is actually shaked, amused, amazed, impressed,... Read morePublished on June 14 2001
A deeply profound film filled with achingly-beautiful moments that ostensibly deals with memory. No doubt the film is partly about the resilient but illusory nature of our... Read morePublished on June 1 2001
I know this sounds like its not saying much as its so short and to the point, but honestly, you MUST see this film. This is the only movie to ever, ever make me cry. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2001
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