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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)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masaharu Fukuyama ... Ryota Nonomiya
Machiko Ono 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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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:

$19,978,961
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the film Masaharu Fukuyama's character can be seen using a Canon camera. In reality he is sponsored by the company. See more »

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Speaks to All Fathers
24 June 2014 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

We have seen many films delve on the topic of babies being switched at birth. Most of these, the story would revolve around the fortune of the kids. "Like Father, Like Son" is about the parents, particularly the fathers.

Ryoko and Midori Nonomiya are a well-to-do couple who had a sweet 6-year old son, Keita. Yukari and Yudai Saiki are a lower middle-class couple with a spirited 6-year old son, Ryusei. One day, they get news that a nurse had switched their sons with each another one at the hospital. With that shocking revelation, both families undergo an emotional ordeal in deciding how to settle their big problem in the best possible way for everyone concerned.

Writer-director Hirokazu Koreeda decides to tell the story from the point of view of Ryoko, a driven man at work who was disappointed that his son Keita was not as competitive nor independent as he wanted. When he gets the chance to be father to Ryusei as well, Ryoko discovers that his concept of fatherhood might not be as ideal as he thought.

Koreeda sets the contrasting dichotomy a bit too sharply. The Nonomiya home is sedate, quiet, and darkly lit. The Saiki home is messy, noisy and brightly lit. Ryoko (Masaharu Fukuyama)is handsome and smartly- dressed, but he is serious and haughty. Yukari (Riri Furanki) is homely and shoddily-dressed, but he is cheerful and kind. Which kind of father do you think the boys will prefer?

The important message of this film will definitely resonate with all fathers who watch this film. Fathers will reflect on their own parenting style and on what kind of father he had been. This film deserves all the praise heaped upon it. It is about time fatherhood is discussed very well in a film.


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