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Madadayo (2000)
Rating:
Starring: Hisashi Igawa, Kyoko Kagawa, Asei Kobayashi
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Category: Drama, Family, Foreign
Studio: WinStar Home Video
Subtitles:
English
Length:
134 mins

 
 

 

"Exquisite…Extraordinarily Moving!" -A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Considered to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Akira Kurosawa's touching and final film Madadayo, is the perfect ending to a lifetime of cinematic achievements.

The film follows the last two decades in the life of Hyakken Uchida, a writer and teacher who retires in the war years of the early 1940s. His students venerate him in his old age, and join him and his family each year for a ritual birthday party asking "Mahda-kai? (Are you ready?)" to which Uchida downs a big glass of beer and answers "Madadayo! (Not Yet!)," acknowledging that death may be near, but life still goes on.

 
 
   
   

 
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