Madadayo - I'm Not Dead Yet!
Today is my birthday. Joy. Whenever I think of birthdays, I think of Kurosawa's final movie, Madadayo from 1993. In this movie, the main character, a beloved teacher, celebrates his birthday with a grand party among his many former students. He takes a tall mug of beer, slams the whole thing down in one pass, then shouts out, "Madadayo!" "I'm Not Dead Yet!" It's a wonderful final movie by a master of cinema.
I always thought that was a clever way to celebrate one's birthday. And it's impressive to see grampa slam down a pint of beer like he's 19 years old. Which just happens to be my age. Yeah, that's the ticket...Nineteen!
(times two, cough)
Shut up! I can't hear you! La la la la la!!