Iain Gray Freelance Writer

After Life - Review

Each week, souls of the newly dead arrive at the doors of a dilapidated office building. There, they have three days to choose, with the help of counsellors (also dead) the single happiest or most poignant memory from their lives.

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This memory is then filmed for them and screened in a cinema, at which point they move on to live in their perfect moment for eternity.

This little-seen 1998 Japanese drama subtly deals with the concept of purgatory and paradise, and questions both the nature of happiness and the ability of art to recreate moments from real life. Captivating, honest and an ultimately uplifting experience.


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