Madadayo

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Released 1993

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Director:
Akira Kurosawa
Released:
1993
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Madadayo is an emotionally-stirring film centered around an old man who reflects on life and it's meaning through a series of flashbacks. The film was written and directed by prolific Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (Ikiru, Rashomon, Seven Samurai). Madadayo is based on the actual memoirs of a Japanese sensei named Hyakken Uchida. An old and weathered man, Professor Uchida (Tatsuo Matsumura) throws in the towel, quits his job and finds repose in the city of Tokyo. He reminisces on life - on the days when he was young and served during WWII. Uchida is frequently visited by former students of his who drown him in love and praise. His students always ask him "Maadha kai? (Are you ready?)", and Uchida always replies with "Madadayo! (Not yet!)". Did the 81-year-old Akira Kurosawa draw on this topic intentionally, as he too was approaching the end of his life? Madadayo offers a commentary on life which will teach you to appreciate the smaller things in life. Two thumbs up!moreless

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    Drama

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    Psychological, Foreign Language, 90s