V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

WANDAFURU RAIFU

V' 04

WANDAFURU RAIFU

AFTER LIFE

Koreeda Hirokazu
J, 1998
118min, OmeU

WANDAFURU RAIFU

Koreeda Hirokazu
J, 1998
, 118min, OmeU

Actors: 
Arata
Mochizuki Takashi
Oda Erika
Satonaka Shiori
Terajima Susumu
Kawashima Satoru
Naito Takashi
Sugie Takuro
Hara Hisako
Nishimura Kiyo
Iseya Yusuke
Iseya Yusuke
Naito Taketoshi
Watanabe Ichiro
Screenplay: 
Koreeda Hirokazu
Sound: 
Takizawa Osamu
Camera: 
Yamazaki Yutaka
Sukita Masayoshi
Editor: 
Koreeda Hirokazu
Composer: 
Kasamatsu Yasuhiro
Decoration: 
Isomi Toshihiro
Gunji Hideo
Costume: 
Gunji Hideo

Production: 
TV Man Union 30-13 Motoyoyogi-cho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 151-0062, Japan T 3 5478 8138 F 3 5478 8141 nishikawa@tvu.co.jp
World Sales: 
Celluloid Dreams 2 rue Turgot 75009 Paris, Frankreich T 1 49 70 85 64 genevieve@celluloid-dreams.com
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Koreeda Hirokazu has created a serious, moving and beautifully crafted film. Limbo is an abandoned school and in it the staff prepares the dead for the next step. It is difficult work. The dead must be convinced that they are dead, and must then be asked to choose a single memory to take with them in passing from this life to the beyond. They are confused, disoriented, and the afterlife is made no easier by all the rules and regulations observed in any official Japanese endeavor. Once the dead have chosen (a moment of park-bench love, a solo flight one girl chooses Disneylands Splash Mountain), these moments are reconstructed by the staff and filmed to be taken as the last (and only) memory into the hereafter. But, as Emily found out in the last act of Our Town, there is a catch to remembering. These consequences are surprisingly and satisfyingly worked out in this slow, grave, lovely film, the experience of which is intensified by the integrity of its large cast: actors and amateurs, all of them making up their own dialogue and consequently «acting» with an intensity not often seen in commercial film. And finally, at the end, like a lotus opening, the film slowly reveals its solid promise. It is not Wilder/Capra; it is Buddhist liturgy. (Donald Richie)

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