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Wand‚furu raifu (After Life)

Wand‚furu raifu (After Life) (1998)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 4

After Life is an offbeat and tender exploration of memory, love, and life after death.


Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

After Life is an offbeat and tender exploration of memory, love, and life after death.



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Like his previous drama Maborosi (1995), Hirokazu Kore-eda's After Life is a brilliant meditation on death and memory. The premise of After Life is simple: over the span of a week, twenty-two souls arrive at a way station (which looks like an old junior high school) between life and death, where they are asked to choose just one memory to take into the afterlife. The new arrivals include an elderly woman, a rebellious dropout, a teenage girl, and a 70-year-old war veteran. Once they have chosen

Aug 15, 2000

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (4) | DVD (5)

To its own amateur band, this film's whimsical dance of death zeroes in on what is wonderful in life and the people who live it and, in death, stay on in memory.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The film's strength lies in the way these interviews inevitably trigger our own thoughts on the matter.

July 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An affecting and unpredictable film that lingers on one's mind long after viewing.

July 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

How people remember, how they fictionalize their memories, and the nature of memory itself are all part of the fascination of After Life.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

When his instincts are just right Kore-eda has both the perfect technique and the perfect touch for suggesting (without explicitly defining) the immanence of human experience.

March 8, 2005 Full Review Source:

With its meditative, humanistic tone, After Life is the cinematic reminiscence of limbo itself, this transitional space of contemplation and nostalgia.

March 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

This is a very special movie, unlike anything I've seen in a long time.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A true oxymoron, at once endlessly fascinating and terminally dull.

January 12, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

A potentially intriguing concept undone by flawed execution.

September 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

An exquisite film about the after-life experience that lingers in the mind and in the senses for many days.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

meaningful, but sleepy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Audience Reviews for Wand‚furu raifu (After Life)

Good performances and the proper direction for the material, but it's one of those films that feels more like an essay than an actual exploration of the subject. You're suppose to think a lot about what life means to you, and your memories and what not, but at the end you will not remember much about this film. Strong questions require strong statements, plain and simple.
November 30, 2011
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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a humorous, imaginative and poignant film about a way station between life and death where the newly deceased are asked to review their lives and choose one memory to keep. these memories are then recreated on film by the staff! it's all done in a simple and matter-of-fact way and the interesting mix of characters keeps your attention through the interview process, which plays almost documentary style. the recreation scenes are most charming. it's quite moving watching the characters make their peace and try to move on
December 2, 2008
Stella Dallas

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After Life is without doubt one of my new favorite Japanese films ever made and always a pleasure to see Susumu Terajima in anything. Simplistic in its execution, it is a moving experience that dwells not with death but in its' examination and, more importantly, a celebration of life.

It is very difficult to pin-point just what it is about After Life that is so great, but I loved the attention to detail that Kore'eda invests in each character, in each memory and within the often heartbreaking events that the characters have lived through. After Life is a film that urges you to reflect upon your life, the good and the bad, the happy and the sad. If you could only pick one memory for eternity, which would it be?
November 26, 2008
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

Stunning look at the importance of emmories and the beauty of film making. Expertly crafted and always moving it offers a number of different views and emotions throughout its running time. Wonderful dialogue delivered in an ad-libbed manner.
March 10, 2008

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