After Life

a HIROKAZU KORE-EDA picture

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Title

After Life

Director

Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Producer

Shiho Sato, Masayuki Akieda

Nationality

Japan

Year

1998

Duration

118'

Language

Japanese

Format

mono

Ratio

1.66

Original Title

Wandafuru raifu

Synopsis

Synopsis


At a way station somewhere between heaven and earth, the newly dead are greeted by guides. Over the next three days, they will help the dead sift through their memories to find the one defining moment of their lives. The chosen moment will be recreated on film and taken with them for all eternity. This fantasy, which requires no leap of faith or suspension of disbelief is both a funny and deeply affecting celebration of human life.

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Press

"Part scripted, part documentary, the film brings up questions of reality and memory, forcing the audience to contemplate the question themselves….This description however gives only a hint of insight into the complexities and depth of “Afterlife,” a hilarious and moving account of moving on."

INDIEWIRE

"Profound questions are the substance of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s brilliant, humorous, transcendently compassionate film…’‘After Life’’ becomes a quiet, extraordinarily moving and sometimes funny meditation on the meaning and value of life. In its modest attitude about the ability of movies to replicate dreams, ’’After Life’’ is the opposite of bombastic Hollywood kitsch like ’’What Dreams May Come.’’...’‘After Life’’ has its own austere beauty in beautifully composed shots of silhouetted figures in bright doorways and other images that subtly portray the office as a metaphysical portal."

NEW YORK TIMES

"Hirokazu Kore-eda seamlessly synthesizes the creative visual imagery of feature film with the provocative honesty of the documentary to create the sublimely poignant and haunting After Life."

FILM REF

"Hirokazu Kore-eda’s After Life is a brilliant meditation on death and memory…Just as Kore-eda fuses documentary elements with a fictional narrative, we see over the course of the film how memories are distorted, improved on, and revised; and it is these subjectively constructed memories that the new arrivals value most…its unhurried pace and lack of melodrama, like its subject, may linger in the memory long afterwards."

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Festivals
& Awards

San Sebastian FF
FIPRESCI Prize Award

Nantes Three Continents FF
Golden Montgolfière for Best Film

Buenos Aires IF Indie Cinema
Best Film
Best Screenplay

Bronze Camera 300

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
Nominated for CFCA Award

Chlotrudis Awards

Torino IF of Young Cinema
Holden Award Best Script
Nominated for Prize of the City of Torino

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

Newport International Film Festival, Rhode Island

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

Cast & Crew

Arata
Erika Oda
Susumu Terajima
Takashi Naito
Kei Tani
Directed, Written and Edited by Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Executive Producers Yutaka Shigenobu, Masahiro Yasuda
Producers Shiho Sato, Masayuki Akieda
Cinematography Yutaka Yamazaki
Artistic Directors Toshihiro Isomi, Hideo Gunji
Sound Osamu Takizawa
Music Yasushiro Kasamatsu

Releases

US - Artistic License

17.11.1999

Canada - Mongrel Media

11.09.1998

France - Connaissance du Cinéma

11.05.2000

Netherlands - De Filmfreak

09.04.2000

Germany - Peripher Film

07.04.2002

Switzerland - Trigon-film

02.03.2000

Argentina - Primer Plano Film

04.03.1999