Madadayo Reviews

June 18, 2005
March 18, 2005
August 7, 2004
A lifetime of moviemaking -- Kurosawa was 83 when he made it -- seems to have pared down his technique to its essentials.
March 20, 2004
Kurosawa's swan song is a personal and overly sentimental story of a real-life retired university professor and literary figure.
March 10, 2003
The movie is a study in quiet revelations.
January 29, 2003
October 21, 2002
The giant who walked among us is no more. We are fortunate to have the cinematic legacy he left.
April 3, 2001
A sweetly overlong portrayal of an interconnected community whose center is a beloved professor.
March 23, 2001
Sad and agonizing, it nonetheless allows Kurosawa to demonstrate his uniquely optimistic view of the world.
January 1, 2000
This warm, celebratory and very public film is punctuated by sudden and luminous private visualizations.
January 1, 2000
Beautiful and funny.
January 1, 2000
A masterly work, with Kurosawa, then 83, still capable of surprising an audience and creating indelible images.
January 1, 2000
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
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
The film is warm, whimsical, tender, and genuinely heartfelt.