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After Life

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  • Thu, May 23

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Run Time: 118 min. Format: Digital Release Year: 1998 Language: Japanese with English subtitles

Starring: Arata Iura, Erika Oda, Kei Tani, Susumu Terajima, Takashi Naito

Screenwriter: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Producers: Shiho Sato, Masayuki Akieda

If you could choose only one memory to hold on to for eternity, what would it be? That’s the question at the heart of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s revelatory international breakthrough, a bittersweet fantasia in which the recently deceased find themselves in a limbo realm where they must select a single cherished moment from their life to be recreated on film for them to take into the next world. After Life’s high-concept premise is grounded in Kore‑eda’s documentary-like approach to the material, which he shaped through interviews with hundreds of Japanese citizens. What emerges is a panoramic vision of the human experience—its ephemeral joys and lingering regrets—and a quietly profound meditation on memory, our interconnectedness, and the amberlike power of cinema to freeze time.


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