Wandâfuru raifu (After Life)1998
Wandâfuru raifu (After Life) (1998)
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as Ken-nosuke Nakamura
as Toru Yuri
as Nobuko Amano
as Yusuke Iseya
as Security Guard
as Kana Yoshino
as Kyoko Watanabe
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Critic Reviews for Wandâfuru raifu (After Life)
It is, quite simply, a stunning and meta-cinematically deft ode to the enduring properties of memories and sensations.
A wild daydream about what might happen to human souls after they die... mostly interested in the most basic, everyday kind of thoughts and feelings.
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.
The film's strength lies in the way these interviews inevitably trigger our own thoughts on the matter.
An affecting and unpredictable film that lingers on one's mind long after viewing.
Audience Reviews for Wandâfuru 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.
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
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?
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