Madadayo

Madadayo

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Director: Akira Kurosawa

Cast: Akira Kurosawa, Tatsuo Matsumara, Kyoko Kagawa, Hisashi Igawa

     
 
Arguably the last great film from the legendary director Akira Kurosawa, Madadayo comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a trailer, storyboards, and filmographies. This is a fine release from Wellspring that is recommended to

Overview

Arguably the last great film from the legendary director Akira Kurosawa, Madadayo comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a trailer, storyboards, and filmographies. This is a fine release from Wellspring that is recommended to any cinema buff or fan of Kurosawa.

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Akira Kurosawa's final film is solely of note because of its association with the master, and is simply not in the same league as his great works or even his lesser works. Still, there is enough worthwhile to make it agreeable viewing, and there are the occasional moments where the old touch is present. The story of a retired professor adored by his students, who continually pay tribute to him and come to his rescue in times of need, has obvious parallels to the tributes paid to Kurosawa in his final years. The constant adoration of Professor Uchida, however, gets a bit much at times, and Kurosawa's sentimental tendencies go completely unrestrained, to the point of absolute mawkishness. The best moments involve the search for Uchida's missing cat Nora, Uchida and his wife enduring the ordeal of having their home destroyed and having to survive in a shack, the amusing bit in which Uchida is buying horse meat, and the beautifully filmed final scene. After such an incredible career, Kurosawa had certainly earned the right to indulge in sentiment and nostalgia, and Madadayo is not the awful exercise that some critics have dismissed it as being, containing moments of humor and genuine warmth. Nevertheless, it is ultimately a very slight exercise, and in the broader evaluation of Kurosawa's body of work, Madadayo registers barely a blip.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
UPC:
0720917526522
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:14:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene access; Filmographies; Subtitle control; Storyboard illustrations; Trailer; Weblink

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Side #1 --
0. Scene Access
1. Retirement [4:54]
2. The Burglars [8:52]
3. Venison Stew [10:12]
4. Professor's New Home [9:05]
5. After the War [7:56]
6. Seasons Pass [10:24]
7. One-two [10:12]
8. After the Party [2:53]
9. The Golden Pavilion [7:42]
10. Missing Cat [12:51]
11. Searching for Nora [8:22]
12. Phone Call [8:29]
13. Harvest God [6:37]
14. Birthday Cake [9:59]
15. Leaving the Party [3:53]
16. Final Dream [5:26]

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Madadayo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether you are familiar with Kurosawa or not, you will enjoy this touching film. Made with love, and attention to detail, the film takes you through the life of a just retired teacher. What should be his restful years, he is forced through hardships that will test his sanity and relationship with those who love him. Plus, it has one of the most memorable and touching endings of all time!