Hirokazu Kore-eda

After Life

After Life

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.

Film Info

  • Japan
  • 1998
  • 119 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #1089

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 2K restoration, approved by writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring film scholar Linda C. Ehrlich
  • New interviews with Kore-eda and cinematographers Masayoshi Sukita and Yutaka Yamazaki
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen

    New cover featuring photography by Masayoshi Sukita, designed by Eric Skillman

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Special Features

  • New 2K restoration, approved by writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring film scholar Linda C. Ehrlich
  • New interviews with Kore-eda and cinematographers Masayoshi Sukita and Yutaka Yamazaki
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen

    New cover featuring photography by Masayoshi Sukita, designed by Eric Skillman
After Life
Cast
Takashi Mochizuki
Arata
Shiori Satonaka
Erika Oda
Satoru Kawashima
Susumu Terajima
Takuro Sugie
Takashi Naito
Ken-nosuke Nakamura
Kei Tani
Ichiro Watanabe
Taketoshi Naito
Kisuke Shoda
Toru Yuri
Nobuko Amano
Kazuko Shirakawa
Yusuke Iseya
Yusuke Iseya
Kiyo Nishimura
Hisako Hara
Kana Yoshimoto
Sayaka Yoshino
Kenji Yamamoto
Kotaro Shiga
Kyoko Tsukamoto
Natsuo Ishiduo
Kyoko Watanabe
Kyoko Kagawa
Credits
Director
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Writer
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Editor
Hirokazu Kore-eda
General producer
Yutaka Shigenobu
Producers
Shiho Sato
Masayuki Akieda
Cinematographers
Yukata Yamazaki
Masayoshi Sukita
Stills photographer
Masayoshi Sukita
Sound designer
Osamu Takizawa
Art directors
Toshihiro Isomi
Hideo Gunji
Composer
Yasuhiro Kasamatsu
Costumes
Shigeru Aoki
Sound effects
Kenji Shibasaki

Current

After Life: In Memoriam
After Life: In Memoriam

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s international breakthrough is a bittersweet meditation on mortality, memory, and the movies.

By Viet Thanh Nguyen

On the Novelistic Afterlife of After Life
On the Novelistic Afterlife of After Life

Translated into English for the first time, this afterword to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s novelization of his film explores the director’s attraction to fiction writing and how the art form differs from narrative cinema.

By Hirokazu Kore-eda