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Madadayo DVD

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Madadayo (1993)

裊裊夕陽情

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Starring: Tatsuo Matsumura, Kyoko Kagawa, Hisashi Igawa

This film shows the heartwarming relationships between
Professor Hyakken Uchida and his former students.
There is something very precious, which has all but been forgotten today:
the enviable world of warm hearts.
I hope that all the people who have seen "Madadayo"
will leave the theater refreshed, with broad smiles on their faces.


— Akira Kurosawa

An homage to the beloved professor Hyakken Uchida, "Madadayo" is a celebration of the respect and wisdom that could only come from a truly great master reflecting upon his own career.

In 1943, as the tide of war shifts against Japan, Professor Hyakken Uchida leaves his teaching position to begin his career as a writer. With the warm wishes of his students, he sets out to start anew. His former students decide to visit the professor to thank him for all the good he had done as their dutiful teacher. Arriving at his house, the students discover a sign on his door which reads "Kinkakuji" ("guests unwelcome"). "It's great to have guests, but I don't mean you," he explains. Ignoring his words, the students come to his house often. Through their frequent visits, they develop a new admiration for his wisdom and his offbeat sense of humor.


They hold annual birthday parties for the professor, toasting him with the question "Mahda-kai?" ("Are you ready?" to go on to the other world), to which Professor Uchida always answers back with a smile, "Madadayo" ("No, not yet").

When his house burns down in an air raid, Professor Uchida and his wife move to a tiny hut loaned to him by a friend, where they continue to live happily. Eventually, some of his former students decide to build him a new house—designed according to his specifications with a doughnut-shaped pond, so that fish can swim without interruption.

A stray cat begins living at Professor Uchida's house until it disappears one day. Shocked and devastated, Professor Uchida sobs. His former students try desperately to find the cat. They make flyers with "lost cat" messages and make pleas over the radio... but they are ultimately unable to find it.

After more than ten of the "Mahda-kai" celebrations, the former students begin attending the celebrations with their children and grandchildren. During one such party, Professor Uchida suddenly becomes ill. Everyone is extremely worried, but he leaves the party unbowed, with his usual, "No, not yet."

Caught up in a dream, Professor Uchida hears the voices of children playing Hide-and-go-Seek: "Are you ready?" "No, not yet."

 

DVD: List Price: US $22.95

Sale Price: US$9.95

Language: Janpanese

Subtitle: English / Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese

All Regions (Can be played on any DVD player in the world)

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Rating: I - Suitable for all audiences (roughly equal to an MPPA rating of "G" or "PG") Films rated Category I contain nothing most parents will consider offensive for their children to see or hear. Nudity, drug use, explicit language, violence and adult situations are largely absent, and if present are seen only briefly and at a moderate level.


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