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Maadadayo (1993)

Following World War II, a retired professor approaching his autumn years finds his quality of life drastically reduced in war-torn Tokyo. Denying despair, he pursues writing and celebrates his birthday with his adoring students.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa

Writers:

Akira Kurosawa, Hyakken Uchida (essays)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Professor Hyakken Uchida
Hisashi Igawa ... Takayama
George Tokoro George Tokoro ... Amaki (as Jôji Tokoro)
Masayuki Yui ... Kiriyama
Akira Terao Akira Terao ... Sawamura
Takeshi Kusaka Takeshi Kusaka ... Dr. Kobayashi
Asei Kobayashi Asei Kobayashi ... Rev. Kameyama
Kyôko Kagawa ... Professor's Wife
Mitsuru Hirata Mitsuru Hirata ... Tada
Takao Zushi Takao Zushi ... Kitamura
Nobuto Okamoto Nobuto Okamoto ... Ôta
Tetsu Watanabe
Kimihiro Reizei Kimihiro Reizei ... Murayama
Norio Matsui Norio Matsui
Akihiko Sugizaki Akihiko Sugizaki
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Storyline

This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by the change nor by time. Every year his students celebrate his birthday, issuing the question "Mahda kai?" (not yet?), just to hear Uehida-san's answer "Madada yo!" (No, not yet!), in a ritual of self affirmation, and desires of lasting forever. It's a very "japanese" film who portrays everyday life and customs in Japan. Written by Jaime Moraga <jim@moai.usach.cl>

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The final film by Japan's master filmmaker.

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Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Budget:

$11,900,000 (estimated)
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 66th Academy Awards in 1994. See more »

Goofs

The story depicts Professor Hyakken's 60th birthday toward the end of World War II (1943-1945). But he was born in 1889; thus, he turned 60 years old in 1949. See more »

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Soundtracks

L'ESTRO ARMONICO Op. II, Concert No 1 in D Major, RV 230
Music by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Solisti Veneti (as I Solisti Veneti)
Conducted by Claudio Scimone
Courtesy of ERARO DISQUES S.A.
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Madadayo travels deeper than most light comedies.
25 February 2003 | by yossarian100See all my reviews

Madadayo appears to be a light comedy on the surface, but, as in all Kurosawa films, he draws you deeper and deeper into the characters and takes his time to tell the story the way he wants to. Also, Madadayo is quite charming. I loved it. I felt I was transported to post war Japan and given more than just a glimpse into the Japanese personality, and that is a gift in my book. What a brilliant director Kurosawa was. I will miss him dearly.


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