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| Madadayo (1993)
Tatsuo Matsumura, Kyoko Kagawa, Hisashi
shows the heartwarming relationships between
Professor Hyakken Uchida and his former students.
There is something very precious, which has all but been forgotten
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
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."
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English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese
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