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Set in postwar Japan, the film portrays the relationship between four students and Hyakken Uchida, one of the true free spirits of the Japanese literary world.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A lifetime of moviemaking -- Kurosawa was 83 when he made it -- seems to have pared down his technique to its essentials."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"This warm, celebratory and very public film is punctuated by sudden and luminous private visualizations."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"The giant who walked among us is no more. We are fortunate to have the cinematic legacy he left."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"A masterly work, with Kurosawa, then 83, still capable of surprising an audience and creating indelible images."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"It's not one of Kurosawa's great films; the compass of feeling is, in the end, too narrow, the scope of human reference too restricted. But it is, within its own proportions, nearly perfect."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Kurosawa's swan song is a personal and overly sentimental story of a real-life retired university professor and literary figure."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A sweetly overlong portrayal of an interconnected community whose center is a beloved professor."
‑ Rachel Gordon,
"Beautiful and funny."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This is the kind of film we would all like to make, if we were very old and very serene. There were times when I felt uncannily as if Kurosawa were filming his own graceful decline into the night."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The movie is a study in quiet revelations."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Sad and agonizing, it nonetheless allows Kurosawa to demonstrate his uniquely optimistic view of the world."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"The film is warm, whimsical, tender, and genuinely heartfelt."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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