Madadayo (2000)

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.

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: September 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2001
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

A lifetime of moviemaking -- Kurosawa was 83 when he made it -- seems to have pared down his technique to its essentials.

Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

This warm, celebratory and very public film is punctuated by sudden and luminous private visualizations.

Full review…
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

The giant who walked among us is no more. We are fortunate to have the cinematic legacy he left.

Full review…
A.O. Scott
New York Times

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Kurosawa's swan song is a personal and overly sentimental story of a real-life retired university professor and literary figure.

Full review…
Rachel Gordon

A sweetly overlong portrayal of an interconnected community whose center is a beloved professor.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

Full review…
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The movie is a study in quiet revelations.

Full review…
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Sad and agonizing, it nonetheless allows Kurosawa to demonstrate his uniquely optimistic view of the world.

Full review…
More reviews for Madadayo

Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
the farewell address from the greatest director in history. while this film is nowhere near one of kurosawas best, it is still very good. just watching… More
Anthony Valletta
Sometimes amusing, often touching story of a retired Japanese professor during WWII, who inspires devotion from his former students. A great metaphor for… More
The perfect last film for Kurosawa to make in my mind. The professor never seems to shrink away from living his life despite his age and not really having any… More
Kyle Meisch
3.5-4. A nice little serene film. Very likable despite its simple, rather eventless plot. I liked it and everything in it is good, but I ultimately did not find… More