After Life

Director:   Hirokazu Koreeda
Year:   1998
Language:   Japanese
Time:   118 minutes

This film is an exploration of death and memory. The premise is that souls arrive at a way station between life and death, where they are asked to choose just one memory to take into the afterlife. The film follows a group of new arrivals at the way station and the process each follows in selecting a memory for eternity. They include an elderly woman, a rebellious dropout, a teenage girl, and a 70-year-old war veteran.

Not rated.

Post-film discussion led by Lex Miller.


About the director and writer Hirokazu Koreeda.

Other background on the film.

A selection of reviews of the film.