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Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Running Time: 121 minutes
Koreeda has given us some of the most phenomenal films of the last 20 years. Whether he’s exploring real life situations with the likes of Still Walking or Nobody Knows, or if he explores more fantastical stories such as After Life or Air Doll, he is always grounded and understanding of his subject matter in a very complete way. Like Father, Like Son is his latest film, and this time it fits within the former category. It presents a family who discover their son was switched at birth. As they meet the family and their biological son the question becomes whether parentage and family is in the blood or comes from being brought up.
The entire film is handled with such simplistic maturity that every second of film is absorbing. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
To mark the release of Like Father, Like Son on 5th May, we’ve been given copies to give away on DVD.
Would you choose your natural son, or the son you believed was yours after spending 6 years together? Kore-eda Hirokazu, the globally acclaimed director of “Nobody Knows”, “Still Walking” and “I Wish”, returns to the big screen with another family – a family thrown into torment after a phone call from the hospital where the son was born…
Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life as a winner. Then one day, he and his wife, Midori, get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not ‘their’ son – the hospital gave them the wrong baby.
Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between ‘nature’ and ‘nurture.’ Seeing Midori’s »
Despite the obvious mafia connections, The Capones is at its heart a show about a family restaurant. Of course, food and family have always gone together, so in honor of its premiere we decided to count down the seven best movies about family and food ever made.
Family, Food, and Lots of Fighting
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- Sean Gandert
Hirokazu Kore-eda is a wanderer. The Japanese director, 51, has been known to disappear on set, leaving his cast and crew wondering where their maestro’s ventured off to. For instance, while making his 2008 masterpiece, Still Walking, Kore-eda vanished for a spell, only to discover the flowering trees that became an invaluable motif in the film. The director’s exploratory nature, which one might partly attribute to his background as a documentarian, has proven crucial in the poetic meticulousness of his exteriors. However, his visual instincts are hardly outdoor-exclusive, and his keenness for selecting ideal settings and compositions is just as […] »
- R. Kurt Osenlund
In person, Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu is gentle and thoughtful, with a frequent warm, shy smile—of the directors we've met, he perhaps comes closest to being the true embodiment of his films. But his humility is all the more remarkable for the body of work it covers: since establishing himself instantly as a filmmaker of rare sensitivity with 1995's "Maborosi" and breaking through internationally with his vision of a bureaucratic yet sympathetic Purgatory in "After Life," he has brought films to Cannes four times, and earlier this year won the Jury Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize for the extraordinarily affecting "Like Father Like Son." (Read our A grade review from Cannes here.) Kore-eda has in fact worked across many genres, from fantasy ("After Life," "Air Doll"), through dramas inspired by true events both public ("Distance") and personal ("Still Walking," "Nobody Knows"), and even a Samurai comedy in "Hana, »
- Jessica Kiang
5 items from 2014
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