If you could choose only one memory to hold on to for eternity, what would it be? That’s the question at the heart of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s revelatory international breakthrough, a bittersweet fantasia in which the recently deceased find themselves in a limbo realm where they must select a single cherished moment from their life to be recreated on film for them to take into the next world. After Life’s high-concept premise is grounded in Kore‑eda’s documentary-like approach to the material, which he shaped through interviews with hundreds of Japanese citizens. What emerges is a panoramic vision of the human experience—its ephemeral joys and lingering regrets—and a quietly profound meditation on memory, our interconnectedness, and the amberlike power of cinema to freeze time.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New 2K restoration, approved by writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New audio commentary featuring film scholar Linda C. Ehrlich
- New interviews with Kore-eda and cinematographers Masayoshi Sukita and Yutaka Yamazaki
- Deleted scenes
- PLUS: An essay by novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen
New cover featuring photography by Masayoshi Sukita, designed by Eric Skillman