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Madadayo (1993)Madadayo (1993)

Madadayo (1993)

Legendary director Akira Kurosawa's final film is a quiet, bittersweet thank you

Drama

7.0

movie

Japan
Japanese
Heart-warming, Lighthearted, Lovely
1993
Akira Kurosawa
Akira Terao, George Tokoro, Hidetaka Yoshioka
134 min

Synopsis

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Based on the life of Hyakken Uchida, a Japanese author and academic. The film opens with him resigning his job as a German professor at the onset of WWII. The story is told mostly in vignettes, as he is cared for by a former student in his old age.

Our Take

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The Staff

Even if you aren’t familiar with Akira Kurosawa classics like Rashomon and Seven Samurai, Madadayo works as a portrait of a great man who seemed to feel nothing at the end of his career other than gratitude. Made up of long, wholesome conversations between real-life Japanese academic Hyakken Uchida (Tatsuo Matsumura) and his former students, the film finds plenty of wisdom in observing the little things. And as hard as his students try to make sure Uchida’s twilight years are as comfortable as possible, there’s still something elusive about this man overwhelmed by all the good and bad fortune in his life.

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