• Released
  • March 20, 1998
  • G , 2 hr 14 min
  • Drama
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
A profound and deeply moving exploration of facing death with dignity.
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The New York Times

By Dana Stevens
It's not one of Kurosawa's great films.... But it is, within its own proportions, nearly perfect.
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Portland Oregonian

By Kim Morgan
Little spectacle but much bittersweet sensitivity.
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Village Voice

By Amy Taubin
Unabashedly personal and uncool...but between you and me, dear reader, I love it to death.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
It's a satisfying swan song.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
This warm, celebratory and very public film is punctuated by sudden and luminous private visualizations.
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San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
It is an important work, and a very good one.
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New York Post

The late Akira Kurosawa's shamelessly sentimental last film is a fond and fitting farewell.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Kurosawa's farewell film is full of sentiment, tears, toasts and songs.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Wordy, wearying drama.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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