Movies Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda (in alphabetical order)

After Life

After Life

At a run-down way station in a nondenominational afterlife, the recently deceased are told by a small group of case workers that each has three days to choose exactly one memory from his or her life to take into eternity. The staff then works with them to re-create those memories using rickety low-budget props on a shabby soundstage, and then the memories… read more!

Nobody Knows

Nobody Knows

Kore-eda's second dramatic feature After Life (released in the US in 1999) is one of my all-time favorite films. I urge everybody reading this now to seek it out. I think it's amazing. So you can imagine I was quite excited to see Nobody Knows, especially since Kore-eda's 2001 film Distance was never distributed in the States. Inspired by true… read more!

Still Walking

Still Walking

In 1999, I chanced upon a new film by Japanese indie filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda called After Life, a wistful fantasy about the newly dead arriving at a way station on their way to eternity, where they're asked to choose exactly one memory from their lives to take with them and live in forever. It's a wonderful film and I urge… read more!