Kurosawa’s final film is a tribute to Hyakken Uchida (Tatsuo Matsmura), an educator and writer of enormously popular aphoristic stories. Based on Uchida’s writings, the film pieces a narrative together with distinct episodes—anecdotes and parties, ceremonies and celebrations.
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The film grew on me. If you already know the person who the protagonist was based on in real life, and have read his work, the movie would make more sense to you. It is a bio pict. Madadayo means "not yet" which I believe Kurosawa was saying a lot at this time in his career. Perhaps there is a little of Kurosawa in the the protagonist.
One of the masters of cinema made one of his most simplest films, and a beautiful one at that. With an almost Ozu-like tone Kurosawa shows that has nothing left to prove and creates a fine work of art.