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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 Yôko Maki ... Yukari Saiki
Lily Franky ... Yudai Saiki (as Lily Frankie)
Keita Ninomiya Keita Ninomiya ... Keita Nonomiya
Shôgen Hwang ... Ryusei Saiki
Yuri Nakamura 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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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:

$20,400, 17 January 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$278,442, 16 March 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Soundtracks

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from 'Goldberg Variations', BWV 988
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
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Another fantastic emotional film from Koreeda.
16 October 2013 | by finalfantasy_gcSee all my reviews

The story is about two Japanese families who got their sons exchanged at birth but only to find out about it 6 years later. The big dilemma that both families face is whether to switch children or not. The main strength of this film is the unique story and the complexities that comes with this theme. Already from the start when both families meet a lot of tensions occur due to the different backgrounds and personalities of the characters. The acting performances are top notch creating a convincing scenario between these families. Koreeda has always been good with handling fun and deep family stories with underlying conflicts. A masterful combination of both humour and grief. This film will make you both laugh and cry. As always in Koreeda films the children are the biggest reasons for enjoying his films. Full of charisma and innocence pulling us through a emotional journey from start to end.


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