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Like Father, Like Son (2013)

Soshite chichi ni naru (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 28 September 2013 (Japan)
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Ryota is a successful workaholic businessman. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another boy after birth, he faces the difficult decision to choose his true son or the boy he and his wife have raised as their own.

Director:

Hirokazu Koreeda

Writer:

Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)
22 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masaharu Fukuyama ... Ryota Nonomiya
Machiko Ono ... Midori Nonomiya
Yôko Maki ... Yukari Saiki
Lily Franky ... Yudai Saiki (as Lily Frankie)
Keita Ninomiya Keita Ninomiya ... Keita Nonomiya
Shôgen Hwang ... Ryusei Saiki
Yuri Nakamura
Kazuya Takahashi Kazuya Takahashi
Yoshida Yoh Yoshida Yoh
Pierre Taki ... (as Piêru Taki)
Ichirô Ogura Ichirô Ogura
Hana Kino Hana Kino
Hiroshi Ohkôchi Hiroshi Ohkôchi
Kazuaki Shimizu Kazuaki Shimizu
Tsuyoshi Hayashi Tsuyoshi Hayashi
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Storyline

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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At what point does a father truly become a father?

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the film Masaharu Fukuyama's character can be seen using a Canon camera. In reality he is sponsored by the company. See more »

Connections

Remade as Like Father, Like Son See more »

Soundtracks

Aria
from "'Goldberg Variations', BWV 988"
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
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A delightful and touching tale about parenthood
11 July 2018 | by rodrickEleSee all my reviews

I just discovered Koreeda's films and I'm surprised, and angry with myself, I didn't know about this great director and storyteller. The film is a wonderful story about parenthood in which its hardship and beauty are well balanced.

The story drives the audience into the lives of two (almost antagonistic) families who had to go through a tough situation together, a situation imposed by a third party in the past. Koreeda tell us the story by examining these two very different families. By portraying these almost antagonistic families the story creates contrast and allow the characters to grow an evolution while they discovered themselves.

I will not say more... watch it if you are looking for touching, delightful and well directed story about family and love.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 September 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Like Father, Like Son See more »

Filming Locations:

Maebashi, Gunma, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,044, 19 January 2014

Gross USA:

$334,616

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,170,163
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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