Wand‚furu raifu (After Life)
Wand‚furu raifu (After Life) (1998)

Like his previous drama Maborosi (1995), Hirokazu Kore-eda's After Life is a brilliant meditation on death and memory. The premise of After Life is simple: over the span of a week, twenty-two souls arrive at a way station (which looks… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1998
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: After Life is an offbeat and tender exploration of memory, love, and life after death.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

To its own amateur band, this film's whimsical dance of death zeroes in on what is wonderful in life and the people who live it and, in death, stay on in memory.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

How people remember, how they fictionalize their memories, and the nature of memory itself are all part of the fascination of After Life.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This is a very special movie, unlike anything I've seen in a long time.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The film's strength lies in the way these interviews inevitably trigger our own thoughts on the matter.

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Alan Dale

When his instincts are just right Kore-eda has both the perfect technique and the perfect touch for suggesting (without explicitly defining) the immanence of human experience.

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

A true oxymoron, at once endlessly fascinating and terminally dull.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An affecting and unpredictable film that lingers on one's mind long after viewing.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

With its meditative, humanistic tone, After Life is the cinematic reminiscence of limbo itself, this transitional space of contemplation and nostalgia.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A potentially intriguing concept undone by flawed execution.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Good performances and the proper direction for the material, but it's one of those films that feels more like an essay than an actual exploration of the… More
Luke Baldock
Stunning look at the importance of emmories and the beauty of film making. Expertly crafted and always moving it offers a number of different views and emotions… More
Stella Dallas
a humorous, imaginative and poignant film about a way station between life and death where the newly deceased are asked to review their lives and choose one… More
Lanning : )
<b>Wand‚furu raifu </b> <p> Between death and eternity, there is a one week stopover. Here, assisted by counselors who have passed on… More
El Hombre Invisible
After Life is without doubt one of my new favorite Japanese films ever made and always a pleasure to see Susumu Terajima in anything. Simplistic in its… More
Lesley N
So exactly what does happen once you're dead? Do you get guided to a place of twinkly lights by a grim reaper moments after they've pinched the soul… More