After Life

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Released 1998

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After Life

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Released:
1998
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After Life is a Japanese movie with subtitles released in 1998, and was directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. The premise of the movie is that you are only allowed to take one memory of your life to heaven. A group of counselors greet a new group of newly dead every week. The guides work with them to look back upon their life and choose one memory or moment to represent their life on Earth that will live on with them forever. Some of the dead struggle to choose their definitive instant, and others have no problem distilling their existence and make their decision quickly. A production crew begins creating their memory on film with the advisors recreating the moments as the dead have them framed in their minds. At the end of the week the group watches the memories in a theater, and can then move on to heaven. Knowing the counselors are also dead, the question about their memories is raised. Why don't they ever leave this limbo to an after life?moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Kore-eda, with this film and the 1997 masterpiece "Maborosi," has earned the right to be considered with Kurosawa, Bergman and other great humanists of the cinema. His films embrac...

  • 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    One of the most beautiful and profound films to emerge from Japan during the past decade.

  • 88

    Philadelphia Inquirer Desmond Ryan

    Hirokazu Kore-eda's After Life is a minimalist, mesmerizing allegory set in a limbo. It is not a memorial to the dead but an extraordinary consideration of what memories mean to th...

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