After life

After life

a film

DVD - 2000 | Japanese
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A group of newly deceased find themselves in a way station somewhere between Heaven and Earth. With the help of dedicated caseworkers, each soul is given three days to choose one cherished memory for their life that they will relive for eternity. As the film reveals, recognizing happiness and finding a life's worth of meaning in a single event is no simple task.
Publisher: New York : New Yorker Video, 2000, c1998
ISBN: 9781567301830
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : digital, sd., col. ; 12 cm
Alternative Title: Afterlife


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Jun 24, 2014

This is a 1998 Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda(是枝裕和).
Every Monday, a new group of recently deceased people check in, and the "social workers" in the lodge explain to each guest their situation.
The newly-dead have until Wednesday to identify the single happiest memory.
For the rest of the week, the workers at the institution work to design and replicate each person's chosen memory, thereby replicating the single happiest moment of that person's life, and it is filmed.
At the end of the week, the recently deceased watch the films of their recreated happiest memories in a screening room.
As soon as each person sees his or her own memory, he or she vanishes to whatever unknown state of existence lies beyond and takes only that single memory with them, to live and relive for eternity.
Indeed, choosing the happiest memory in one's life is no simple task.
I don't think I can select one.
It is a profoundly thought-provoking drama.

Nov 25, 2009

Intriguing premise and a strong start to the story, but it seemed the more the plot line played out, the less interesting the movie became.


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