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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 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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Box Office

Budget:

$11,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,729, 22 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,856, 8 October 2000
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Sound Mix:

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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An easy-watchable Kurosawa about real japanese culture and characters
31 August 2004 | by MoorsoldatSee all my reviews

I've watched this movie more often then any other Kurosawa movie. I think most of his movies I've watched only once were movies whose impact on me will last a lifetime, thats why I don't need to watch 'Stray Dog' or 'Red Beard' too often, though they are my favorite. But this one is a movie I can watch on the evening, an easy-watchable and yet very touching and intensive movie, with moments to laugh and touching moments too. I realy like this movie for its sympathic characters - though it plays partly in fascism war-torn Japan. Maybe its the point of why I like these character especially - it shows that despite their fascistic affiliation the characters didn't have to be evil - or at least not all.

It has also a few good jokes which you can only understand when you understand japanese - the main character is a distinguished author and german-teacher. He delivers a brilliant character-study.

Recommendable for everybody interested in japanese culture, especially postwar - and all Kurosawa-fans of course.


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