Like Father, Like Son

Winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, acclaimed auteur Kore-eda’s (STILL WALKING, AFTER LIFE) latest drama centers on the seemingly perfect Nonomiya family. Ryota, a successful, workaholic architect, lives in a Tokyo high-rise with doting wife Midori and young son Keita, who plays the piano and is interviewing for admission into a top-notch grade school. Then a call from the hospital where Keita was born informs them of an unfortunate switch that day six years ago—Keita is not their biological son. He belongs to the Saiki family, who lead a carefree, unpretentious existence in the back rooms of their suburban store and who have raised the Nonomiyas’ son Ryusei as their own. Ryota, himself raised by a woman not his mother, must decide: what constitutes fatherhood, and who is his true son? “Sublimely moving.”—Variety.

Appears in: Japanese Currents

Genres: Drama