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  • Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Japan
  • 1999
  • 119 min.
  • NR
  • DCP

In Japanese with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop

Part of 1999

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 realm 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.

“[Kore-eda] has earned the right to be considered with Kurosawa, Bergman and other great humanists of the cinema. His films embrace the mystery of life, and encourage us to think about why we are here, and what makes us truly happy.” —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“A quiet and contemplative meditation on the importance of memory and the meaning of death.” —Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia

“To picture a world in which AFTER LIFE does not exist feels hollow.” —Michael J. Casey, Boulder Weekly