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Umi yori mo mada fukaku (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 21 May 2016 (Japan)
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After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife.

Director:

Hirokazu Koreeda

Writers:

Hirokazu Koreeda (original story), Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroshi Abe ... Shinoda Ryôta
Yôko Maki Yôko Maki ... Shiraishi Kyôko
Satomi Kobayashi Satomi Kobayashi ... Chinatsu Nakashima
Lily Franky
Sôsuke Ikematsu Sôsuke Ikematsu ... Kento Machida
Yuri Nakamura Yuri Nakamura
Kazuya Takahashi Kazuya Takahashi
Yukiyoshi Ozawa
Taiyô Yoshizawa Taiyô Yoshizawa ... Shiraishi Shingo
Rie Minemura Rie Minemura
Izumi Matsuoka Izumi Matsuoka
Kanji Furutachi Kanji Furutachi
Daisuke Kuroda Daisuke Kuroda
Shôno Hayama ... High school student
Ryôko Tateishi Ryôko Tateishi
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Storyline

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again. Written by Indiewire

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

Official Site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 May 2016 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Después de la tormenta See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,880, 17 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$267,773, 7 July 2017
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1.85 : 1
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Albeit released later, this film wrapped earlier than Koreeda's previous film Our Little Sister (2015). The month-and-a-half filming of After the Storm took place starting in May 2014 in between the production of Our Little Sister, which was shot throughout a year. See more »

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Shinoda Yoshiko: I wonder why it is that men can't love the present. Either they just keep chasing whatever it is they've lost... or they keep dreaming beyond their reach.
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Wakare no yokan
Lyrics by Toyohisa Araki
Music by Takashi Miki
Performed by Teresa Teng
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One of Koreeda's best films
16 October 2016 | by howard.schumannSee all my reviews

Fear that your children may mimic your worst qualities is the driving force in Hirokazu Koreeda's ("Our Little Sister") After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku), a compassionate look at the struggles of a Japanese family. Its title derived from the lyrics of an old pop song, the film is set in Kiyose, a city near Tokyo where it is beautifully shot in the housing compound where Koreeda grew up by cinematographer Yutaka Yamasaki. Ryota Shinoda (Hiroshi Abe, "Everest: The Summit of the Gods") is a novelist who has not had a story published in fifteen years and is forced to work for a private detective agency, which he claims is solely to do research for his next novel. Using his detective job to spy on Kyoko's new boyfriend with the help of his young detective-partner (Sosuke Ikematsu, "Mubansô"), he learns that she is dating a wealthy businessman who is intrusive in Shingo's life.

A gambling addict who squanders much of his earnings, Ryota's relationship with his young son Shingo (Taiyo Yoshizawa) is in jeopardy as his ex-wife Kyoko Shiraishi (Yoko Maki, "Like Father, Like Son") threatens to keep him from seeing Shingo until he catches up on his child support payments. The first time we see Ryota we are not impressed. He is going through his recently deceased father's private belongings to see if he can find anything that he could sell. It seems, however, that his father was also a gambler and Ryota's search might have been better conducted at the local pawn shop. While it is clear that he is not a role model for parenting, Ryota is man of considerable charm and Koreeda does not stand in judgment of his actions but depicts his travails with warmth and humor. We see that in spite of his dubious habits, his sister (Satomi Kobayashi) and his employer are both willing to lend him money.

With the help of his own mother, the spunky and very astute Yoshiko (Kirin Kiki, "Our Little Sister"), Ryota has his sights set on reuniting with Kyoko and Shingo. His love for his son is very real but he seems incapable of breaking from his demons, the same ones that dominated his father's life. Attempting to win back Shingo's love, he takes him out for a hamburger, buys him new shoes, and visits Yoshiko, the boy's beloved grandmother. Knowing that a typhoon is on the way, the family comes together to spend the night and to wrestle with the direction that their lives will take. "Why can't men ever love the present," Yoshiko wonders, highlighting an important message of the film, that people must accept the reality of how they really are.

While there is truth to the idea that we must accept who we are, there is a thin line between accepting your limitations and recognizing that you have the power to transform your life, to live the life you want rather than the life you are resigned to. Also, while the idea that sons will always take after their father is accepted without question, the reality in my experience is that sons will either take after their fathers or make very sure that they do not. After the Storm is one of Koreeda's best films and, as always, he elicits exceptional performances from children as well as brilliant takes by Kiki and Hiroshi Abe, but, in my view, its message is debatable.


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