After Life (film)
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|Directed by||Hirokazu Kore-eda|
|Produced by||Masayuki Akieda|
|Written by||Hirokazu Kore-eda|
|Music by||Yasuhiro Kasamatsu|
|Edited by||Hirokazu Kore-eda|
TV Man Union
|Distributed by||Engine Film|
TV Man Union
|September 11, 1998 (Toronto Film Festival)[better source needed]|
April 17, 1999 (Japan)
A small mid-20th century social-service-style office is a waystation for the souls of the recently deceased, where they are processed before entering their personal heaven – a single happy memory re-experienced for eternity. Every Monday, a new group of recently deceased people check in, and the "social workers" in the lodge explain their situation. Once the newly-dead have identified their happiest memories, workers design and replicate each person's chosen memory, which is staged and filmed.
At the end of the week, the recently deceased watch the films of their recreated happiest memories in a screening room. As soon as each person sees his or her own memory, he or she vanishes to whatever state of existence lies beyond and takes only that single memory with them.
The story pays most attention to two of the "counselors," Takashi (Arata) and Shiori (Oda). Takashi has been assigned to help an old man, Ichiro (played by Naito Taketoshi), select his memory. Reviewing videotape of Ichiro's life, Takashi learns that Ichiro had married Takashi's former fiancée after Takashi had been killed during World War II. Takashi has Ichiro assigned to another counselor, but is still troubled by his memories, causing both him and his quasi-romantic interest Shiori to re-examine their (after-) lives.
- Arata - Takashi Mochizuki
- Erika Oda - Shiori Satonaka
- Susumu Terajima - Satoru Kawashima
- Takashi Naito - Takuro Sugie
- Kyōko Kagawa - Kyoko Watanabe (Mr. Watanabe's wife and Mochizuki's ex-fiancée)
- Kei Tani - Kennosuke Nakamura
- Taketoshi Naito - Ichiro Watanabe
- Toru Yuri - Gisuke Shoda
- Yūsuke Iseya - Yusuke Iseya
- Sayaka Yoshino - Kana Yoshino
- Kazuko Shirakawa - Nobuko Amano
- Kotaro Shiga - Kenji Yamamoto
- Hisako Hara - Kiyo Nishimura
- Sadao Abe - Ichiro "(as young man)"
- Natsuo Ishido - Kyoko Watanabe (as young woman)
Much of After Life depicts interviews with the recently deceased about their lives. Some of these interviews were scripted, but many were done impromptu with real people (not actors) reminiscing about their own lives.
Some believe that the plot of this film is a key inspiration for the Radiohead song "Videotape". It is also referenced in the lyrics of Jens Lekman's "Into Eternity" which appears on his 2007 album Night Falls Over Kortedala.
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iW: Who is distributing “Afterlife” in Japan? Kore-Eda: We are doing it ourselves.
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