Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son  {SOSHITE chichi ni naru}
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Like Father, Like Son
SOSHITE chichi ni naru
Japan, 2013, 120 Minute Running Time
Topics: Asian, Drama
Program: Modern Masters
Language: Japanese English Sub-Titles

Awards: Cannes: Jury Prize, VIFF: Rogers People’s Choice Award

It’s a nightmare scenario for any family: the unthinkable revelation that a maternity ward mix-up sent them home with someone else’s child. A terrible mistake at any time, but for the truth to emerge some six years later… What to do with such information?

According to the new movie by modern Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda ("Still Walking; After Life") almost all parents caught in this rare but not unprecedented situation eventually accept the inevitable, and “swap” the child they have reared for their natural offspring. Such is the decision arrived at by wealthy careerist Ryota and his wife Midori, and by Yudai and Yukari, the working class couple who will take the boy, Keita, on whom Ryota has previously pinned so many hopes, and in whom he has always been secretly disappointed. Although his style is impeccably understated, Kore-eda mines this rich dramatic seam for the emotional anguish you might expect, along with biting shards of class satire and – as always – a profound compassion for the children at the center of it all.

Steven Spielberg has acquired the rights for a US remake.

Winner: Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival; Audience Award (Best Feature), Vancouver International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Producer: Chihiro Karneyama, Tatsuro Hatanaka, Tom Yoda
Editor: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Screenwriter: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cinematographer: Mikiya Takimoto
Music: Yasui Shin
Principal Cast: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yoko Maki, Lily Franky, Keita Ninomiya, Hwang Sho-gen
Filmography: I Wish ( 2011)
Air Doll (2009)
Still Walking (2008)
Hana (2006)
Nobody Knows (2004)
Distance (2001)
After Life (1998)
Maborosi (1995)

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