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After life = Wandafuru raifu

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Director-approved DVD special edition.


In Japanese, with English subtitles.


Arata, Erika Oda, Susumu Terajima, Takashi Naitō, Kei Tani, Tōru Yuri.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2021]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (119 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheet (color illustrations ; 19 cm.)


Not rated.


"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 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"--Container.


Originally released as a motion picture in 1998.

Special features: New 2K digital restoration, approved by writer-director Horokazu Kore-eda ; new audio commentary featuring film scholar Linda C. Ehrlich ; new interviews with Kore-eda and cinematographers Masayoshi Sukita and Yutaka Yamazaki ; deleted scenes ; trailer.

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