“The people materialize from out of clear white light, as a bell tolls. Where are they? An ordinary building is surrounded by greenery and an indistinct space. They are greeted by staff members who explain, courteously, that they have died, and are now at a way-station before the next stage of their experience.
“They will be here a week. Their assignment is to choose one memory, one only, from their lifetimes: One memory they want to save for eternity.
“Then a film will be made to reenact that memory, and they will move along, taking only that memory with them, forgetting everything else. They will spend eternity within their happiest memory.
“That is the premise of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s AFTER LIFE, a film that reaches out gently to the audience and challenges us: What is the single moment in our own lives we treasure the most? One of the new arrivals says that he has only bad memories. The staff members urge him to think more deeply. Surely spending eternity within a bad memory would be–well, literally, hell. And spending forever within our best memory would be, I suppose, as close as we should dare to come to heaven.
- Country Japan
- Language In Japanese with English subtitles.
- Rating R
- Year 1998
- Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil
- Running Time 119 minutes
- Director Hirokazu Kore-eda
- Writer Hirokazu Kore-eda