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(Sep 25, 2000)
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
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?
Great film with you thinking about the happiest moments in your life for the rest of your life.Published 10 months ago by jseattle
Kore-eda Hirokazu is among the very best Japanese directors working right now and After Life (1998) is his second feature film. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Film Buff
After Life Japanese film is my favorite film of all time. Mainly because it is a film you can talk about for hours and days after watching. Read morePublished 13 months ago by bigdeal
This is one of my top-10 favorite films. It is no longer in print, BUT I was lucky enough to locate this on Ebay. You do not know how grateful I am. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Julie A. Smith
A simple movie that asks an intriguing question, what would you choose as your memory to spend eternity in? Sounds easy enough but not so. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dennis Waller
"After Life": An extraordinary and imaginative fantasy on the theme of death and what happens in the hereafter. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Paul Hamilton
Following Departures from earth, director Kore-Eda Hirokazu asks what memory people would choose to carry into the great void. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sakuteiki
This movie might be art to some but I just didn't get it. Dead people are asked (in their after life) to remember one single memory that they'd like to re-live which they'll be... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Yourstruly