Like Father Like Son

WM Premiere: Like Father, Like Son (Japan, 2013)

  • WM Premiere: Like Father, Like Son (Japan, 2013)
  • Sally Luff
  • April 4, 2016

Acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for this touching drama.

The life of go-getting workaholic architect Ryota – one of comfort and quietly ordered affluence with his wife Midori and son Keita – is violently overturned when hospital administrators reveal the unthinkable: Keita is not his biological son. Switched at birth by the maternity ward nurse, his “true” son has been raised in the dishevelled but warm-hearted home of working-class shopkeeper Yudai and his wife.

The different approaches of both couples to their excruciating dilemma and the gradual emotional awakening of the all-too-rational Ryota are at the core of this sensitive drama of family feeling, which showcases Kore-eda’s rich sense of humanity.

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