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Madadayo (2000)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Set in postwar Japan, the film portrays the relationship between four students and Hyakken Uchida, one of the true free spirits of the Japanese literary world.

Unrated,

Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Akira Kurosawa

Apr 7, 2001

Winstar Cinema

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A lifetime of moviemaking -- Kurosawa was 83 when he made it -- seems to have pared down his technique to its essentials.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's not one of Kurosawa's great films; the compass of feeling is, in the end, too narrow, the scope of human reference too restricted. But it is, within its own proportions, nearly perfect.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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This is the kind of film we would all like to make, if we were very old and very serene. There were times when I felt uncannily as if Kurosawa were filming his own graceful decline into the night.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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This warm, celebratory and very public film is punctuated by sudden and luminous private visualizations.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Kurosawa's swan song is a personal and overly sentimental story of a real-life retired university professor and literary figure.

March 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The movie is a study in quiet revelations.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The giant who walked among us is no more. We are fortunate to have the cinematic legacy he left.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

A sweetly overlong portrayal of an interconnected community whose center is a beloved professor.

April 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Sad and agonizing, it nonetheless allows Kurosawa to demonstrate his uniquely optimistic view of the world.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

A masterly work, with Kurosawa, then 83, still capable of surprising an audience and creating indelible images.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Beautiful and funny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The film is warm, whimsical, tender, and genuinely heartfelt.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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Audience Reviews for Madadayo

the farewell address from the greatest director in history. while this film is nowhere near one of kurosawas best, it is still very good. just watching kurosawa direct a film with modern developments in cinematography was a treat. the diologue was as profound as usual in kurosawas scripts, and the broad sense of the story was intriguing. the only thing holding this film back was a 40 minute span of the film that seemed like a titanic waste of time where the professor and his students mourn feverishly over a lost cat. i actually cried for a week when my cat died so i actually kind of get it, but pausing an otherwise genius story for 40 minutes for this cat story felt misplaced, purposeless, and made for bad movie watching. really, its the only wasted section of any kurosawa film that he ever made. despite this, the film is profound and worth watching.
November 26, 2008
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danny d

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The perfect last film for Kurosawa to make in my mind. The professor never seems to shrink away from living his life despite his age and not really having any solid goals to fulfill in retirement. The main character is absolutely endearing because he never runs out of funny things to say and is amiably eccentric. The film suffers from being a bit overlong, a little too much group singing to transition to different points, and is somewhat sentimentalized at points. These faults that would've made another directors film unbearable are but mere blemishes on this film. The 60th birthday party for the professor is a terrific and fun sequence which shows such great camaraderie between all the students and the professor. The missing cat subplot was hard to get into because it was difficult to relate to the importance of the cat despite the film's attempts to explain the significance of the cat to the professor. The film did succeed in showing that the professor was indeed deeply invested in the cat emotionally. This film is great because it illustrated for me the pleasure in friendship and the importance of allowing yourself to enjoy life without trying to force anything.
December 26, 2011
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Sometimes amusing, often touching story of a retired Japanese professor during WWII, who inspires devotion from his former students. A great metaphor for Kurosawa himself, fittingly his last film as director. Beautifully shot, and the characters feel very real.
February 27, 2010
threefolddado

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    1. Professor Hyakken Uehida: Madadayo!
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