After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife.


Hirokazu Koreeda


Hirokazu Koreeda (original story), Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)
2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Did You Know?


The director of the movie, Hirokazu Koreeda, moved from Nerima ward to Kiyose city's Asahigakoa neighbourhood. This is the same as the Shinoda family in this movie. See more »


Shinoda Ryôta: The lottery isn't gambling.
Shiraishi Kyôko: Of course it is.
Shinoda Ryôta: No, it is not.
Shiraishi Kyôko: What is it, then?
Shinoda Ryôta: It's a dream. A dream you buy for 300 Yen.
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References My Neighbor Totoro (1988) See more »


String Quartet No. 14 In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131
Music composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Juilliard String Quartet
Licensed by Sony Music Entertainment
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Still struggling, still waiting, still walking.....
31 March 2018 | by MovieIQTestSee all my reviews

Some of the Japanese films not adapted from the clueless, childish and absurd Japanese comics books like this one and "Aruitemo aruitemo(Still Walking) 2008" were the living proof that Japanese can still make normal, more down to earth, serious enough movies. They are instant classic. Thanks to IMDB's Trivia, allowing me to know that the title of this film was originated from the lyrics, a beautiful song sang by the immortal Teresa Teng.

Also, what I'd like to point out here is, Kirin Kiki's, the "Mother" role she played in both of the films are just speechlessly superb!! One of the very best supporting female actors I've rarely found in recent years. Her performances had made these films look more real and natural. Every act moment by her in these films should be seriously studied if you want to know what is the ultimate "Performing Art".

I wish both the Japanese and American movie industries could abandon doing movies adapted from their comics books, especially away from those unrealistic fantasies as those ridiculous "Super heroes" violent junk, and return to the real world.

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Release Date:

21 May 2016 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

After the Storm See more »

Filming Locations:

Kiyose, Tokyo, Japan


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,880, 19 March 2017

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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