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Director:
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Hirokazu Koreeda (original story)
Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 June 2008 (Japan) See more »
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Still Walking is a family drama about grown children visiting their elderly parents, which unfolds over one summer day... See more » | Add synopsis »
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10 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Hiroshi Abe ... Ryota Yokoyama
Yui Natsukawa ... Yukari Yokoyama
You ... Chinami Kataoka
Kazuya Takahashi ... Nobuo Kataoka
Shohei Tanaka ... Atsushi Yokoyama
Kirin Kiki ... Toshiko Yokoyama

Yoshio Harada ... Kyohei Yokoyama
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryôga Hayashi ... Mutsu Kataoka
Haruko Kato
Hotaru Nomoto ... Satsuki Kataoka
Susumu Terajima ... Sushi deliverer

Directed by
Hirokazu Koreeda 
 
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Hirokazu Koreeda (original story)

Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)

Produced by
Yoshihiro Kato .... producer
Satoshi Kôno .... producer
Hijiri Taguchi .... producer
Masahiro Yasuda .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gonchichi 
 
Cinematography by
Yutaka Yamazaki 
 
Film Editing by
Hirokazu Koreeda 
 
Art Direction by
Toshihiro Isomi 
Keiko Mitsumatsu 
 
Costume Design by
Kazuko Kurosawa 
 
Sound Department
Shuji Ohtake .... sound
Yutaka Tsurumaki .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eiji Oshita .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Mami Sunada .... production assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"Aruitemo aruitemo" - Japan (original title)
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115 min
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Still Life, 20 January 2010
Author: GyatsoLa from Ireland

Its not often I return to see a film immediately to see it again, but this is a film which demands it. This is a masterly film by Koreeda following an ordinary middle class Japanese family has they have an annual reunion to commemorate the older brother who died rescuing a boy from drowning. In its slow, gentle, poetic way, this film brings us into the heart of the family so well you feel it is your own - indeed, the characters are so real, so richly portrayed, that you almost come to believe you know them as well as your own family.

A simple plot précis doesn't do justice to what this film is about. It shines a light into those repressed areas of resentment, sentimentality, nostalgia, guilt and desire that are so often hidden behind a facade of politeness. Koreeda is too subtle a director to have any big blow ups or surprises - he reveals his characters in a gentle manner as detail is laid upon detail. When the ending comes it is not a surprise, but it is still profoundly moving and thought provoking. This is a film that will stay with you long after you leave the cinema.

A lot has been made about the films debt to Ozu. I think this is very overstated - although there are one or two stylistic nods to Ozu at the beginning, Koreeda is a very different type of film maker. Unlike Ozu he uses tiny surreal moments of beauty to contrast with the realism of the rest of the film. His use of editing and camera work is far less formal and rigorous - instead he allows the camera to follow the characters, revealing the layers of the home. And most importantly, while Ozu emphasised the death of the traditional Japanese family and considered it with sad resignation, Koreeda sees families as all alike, stuck in a series of inescapable cycles. In many respects this film reminded me more of some of Naruse's classic films than Ozu.

The cast is uniformly excellent, with Kiki Kirin utterly wonderful as the grandmother. The only very small quibble I have with the casting is that Koreeda succumbed somewhat to casting some characters who are a little too elegant and good looking for the 'normal' people they portray. Hiroshi Abe and Yui Natsukata are maybe a little too good looking to be convincing as the less than 100% welcome family members. But that is a very minor criticism of what is a terrific ensemble piece.

I think this film is one of the finest of the year and may well come to be seen as a classic. It can certainly sit comfortably with any of the great films of Japans golden era.

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