Madadayo


2h 14m 1993

Brief Synopsis

An aging college professor drops out of society to become a writer.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
1993
Distribution Company
WINSTAR/WINSTAR CINEMA; Winstar Cinema
Location
Daiei Studios, Tokyo, Japan; Gotemba City, Japan; Toho Kinuta Studios, Tokyo, Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 14m

Synopsis

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. 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').

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
1993
Distribution Company
WINSTAR/WINSTAR CINEMA; Winstar Cinema
Location
Daiei Studios, Tokyo, Japan; Gotemba City, Japan; Toho Kinuta Studios, Tokyo, Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 14m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the 1998 award for Best Foreign Language Film from the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Released in United States May 1993

Released in United States on Video March 13, 2001

Released in United States September 1993

Released in United States Spring March 20, 1998

Re-released in United States September 1, 2000

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (out of competition) May 13-24, 1993.

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals (Special Presentation) September 9-18, 1993.

Began shooting February 22, 1992.

Completed shooting Late September 1992.

Akira Kurosawa's final film.

Professor Hyakken Uchida died in 1971 at the age of 82.

This, his 30th feature, marks Kurosawa's return to Daiei Studios after a 40-year hiatus. The last film he made with Daiei was the classic "Roshomon" (Japan/1950).

Released in United States on Video March 13, 2001

Released in United States Spring March 20, 1998

Released in United States May 1993 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (out of competition) May 13-24, 1993.)

Released in United States September 1993 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals (Special Presentation) September 9-18, 1993.)

Re-released in United States September 1, 2000 (Cinema Village; New York City)