After Life

Film/Video

After Life images courtesy of New Yorker Films

After Life

Hirokazu Kore-Eda, 1998

Maborosi

Hirokazu Kore-Eda, 1995

Kinema Japan

This series takes viewers to Japan, with selections that encompass the entire spectrum of Japanese filmmaking, from samurai classics to sci-fi stunners. Like last summer’s<em>Cinema italiano</em>series, it is intended as an introduction and homage to one of the world’s great film traditions. We’ve included works by some of the most revered Japanese directors, including Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and by contemporary filmmakers, including Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-Eda, as well as other films that represent Japan’s vital film history across several eras and genres.

Thu, Aug 11, 2011 7 PM

Since the 2009 release of Still Walking in the U.S., Hirokazu Kore-Eda has become perhaps the best-known contemporary Japanese director to western audiences. These earliest features (both of which premiered locally at the Wexner Center) include many of the themes (memory, loss) that are present in his recent films.

In After Life, the souls of the recently deceased must stop at a way station to select their most cherished memory before entering Heaven. (118 mins., 35mm) Maborsi follows a young widow who looks for answers after the apparent suicide of her husband, the father to her young son. (109 mins., 35mm)

Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.