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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

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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
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Directed by
Hirokazu Koreeda 
 
Writing credits
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 20 people found the following review useful.
Family - for you, me, and everyone we know..., 31 May 2010
Author: CountZero313 from Japan

Koreeda's Aruite Mo Aruite Mo is a consideration of family that is part homage, part vivisection. The comparisons to Ozu that have been made are fitting, the film a return to the Golden Age of Japanese film-making when a distinctly Japanese setting was employed to convey universal themes. The domestic setting, limited time-frame, and even knee-high camera placement all deliberately connote Ozu, but not so much to bow before him, as to re-invent him, to update or even evolve the form. Koreeda seems to have set out less to pay his respects to Ozu, as to surpass him.

Ryota brings his new wife and stepson home to to meet his family on the anniversary of his older brother Junpei's passing. The cycle of pettiness, accusation, pouting and recrimination soon kicks in, familiar theatre of family that will have people recalling Thanksgiving get-togethers, Hogmanany parties, Christmas fall-outs... The joy is in the details of Koreeda's observations, and the forceful animation of them by the cast. From the opening conversation between mother and daughter, playful banter on lessons never learned, wisdom refused, the tone of interdependence with tense undercurrents is set.

YOU as Chinami is more straightforward than her mis-maternal role in Nobody Knows, angling to move in with her parents by talking to her mother as a type, rather than as a person. Kirin Kiki is best known these days here in Japan for her comic outing in the Fuji film commercials. She excels there and here, sweet and doddering at one point, and yet scary, almost vicious at others, as when she reveals the depth of her loathing for Yoshio, the boy-now-man whom her son Junpei died saving from drowning. Her cool gaze upon her grandchildren is evidence of Koreeda's consummate ease in avoiding sentimentality. Hiroshi Abe holds up his end more than competently as the brooding Ryota. Recently 're-structured', he finds his conflicting roles as failed breadwinner, failed heir, struggling stepfather and less-favoured son all brought to salience in this one event. He is too proud to admit his jobless status, but not man enough to help his wife carry the bags. He reacts just as his father reacts to the shock of retirement, or his mother reacts to facing life's disappointments - by lashing out. He is a grown man in gaudy cheap pajamas bought by his mum. He competes with not one ghost, but two - his brother, and his wife's first husband. Who can shine in comparison with martyrs?

Families can be joyous and awful, and Koreeda captures that to a tee. The film seems to go on a beat too long, past a line on the bus that seems the natural ending, but then the final narration (reminiscent of Twilight Samurai) and graveside scene pull it all together poignantly. Granddad thinks they will be back at New Year - they won't. Chinami thinks her mother wants them to move in - she doesn't. Yoshio thinks he is welcome every year - he isn't. Families are destined to misunderstand each other. And yet the honouring of Junpei, the father cracking water-melons with his children, Granddad reaching out to his step-grandson - the succour of family is also portrayed here.

No one does bitter-sweet and elegiac quite like Koreeda, and in Aruite Mo Aruite Mo he achieves the quintessential mix that he was arguably striving for in After Life and Maboroshi. This is a film both comforting and challenging, that may just turn out to be Koreeda's masterpiece.

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