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Like Father, Like Son (2013)
"Soshite chichi ni naru" (original title)

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Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

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Ryota Nonomiya
Machiko Ono ...
Midori Nonomiya
Yôko Maki ...
Yukari Saiki
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Yudai Saiki
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Jun Fubuki ...
Nobuko Nonomiya
Shôgen Hwang ...
Ryusei Saiki
Arata Iura
Kirin Kiki ...
Riko Ishizeki
Jun Kunimura ...
Kazushi Kamiyama
Yuri Nakamura
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Ryosuke Nonomiya
Keita Ninomiya ...
Keita Nonomiya
Hiroshi Ohkôchi
Kazuya Takahashi
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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 devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet caring family that has raised his natural son for the last six years, Ryota also starts to question himself: has he really been a 'father' all these years.... Written by Wild Bunch

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Soshite chichi ni naru  »

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$20,400 (USA) (17 January 2014)

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$278,442 (USA) (14 March 2014)
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Like Father, Like Son
16 December 2013 | by (Bangkok, Thailand) – See all my reviews

'Like Father, Like Son' is the latest film from Hirokazu Koreeda that won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Like 'Nobody Knows' and 'I Wish', Koreeda's previous films, it deals with family conflicts and children. A successful businessman discovers that the boy he has been raising for 6 years is actually not his son, as his son was switched with another child after birth. Now he needs to choose between his biological child and the child he has raised…

The actors in this film are great, not only Masaharu Fukuyama as father but also the young actors who play Keita and Ryusei. Koreeda always works well with kids. Keita is so adorable. The film handles the conflict very realistically and well reflects how the way of upbringing have influence on the children. It is quite emotional at the end of the film, so be prepared you may shed some tears.


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