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Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008)

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Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 0

Hirokazu Kore-eda's film may seem modest at first, but this family drama casts a delicate, entrancing spell.

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Average Rating: 8.6/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 0

Hirokazu Kore-eda's film may seem modest at first, but this family drama casts a delicate, entrancing spell.

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Director Hirokazu Kore-eda writes and directs this family drama that unfolds over the course of a single summer day as the Yokoyama family gathers for a rare reunion held to commemorate the death of the one who was taken before his time. It was 15 years ago that eldest Yokoyama son, Junpei, drowned in a tragic accident, and the only changes around the family home since that fateful day are so subtle that they're not likely to be noticed by anyone outside of the immediate family. Retired family

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Koreeda's almost sage-like understanding of what makes modern families tick places him and this wonderful film in the league of Japan's grand master, Ozu, and you can't ask for higher praise than that.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Still Walking strikes an extraordinary balance between the moment-to-moment pleasure of life and the inevitable regret that accompanies time's passing.

October 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Still Walking is a miniaturist's masterpiece, the ebb and flow of familial love distilled to its essence.

October 14, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This masterful family drama by Japanese writer- director Hirokazu Kore-eda commences on a deceptively tranquil note, lightly spiced with a needling humor.

October 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Pitch-perfect and profoundly moving...

September 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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The tone is perfect; this is one of those rare films that, despite being rooted firmly in the world around us, is utterly absorbing and capable of reducing the immediacies of life into abstract thoughts in the back of one's mind.

September 24, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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There's a natural flow of small hatreds, resentments, joys, and insecurities, superbly caught by every member of the cast

November 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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Though Kore-eda is no Ozu, like who is, he proves that he can make the same kind of impactful domestic pic.

May 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Still Walking is so uncommonly and beautifully perceptive about how families interact that it feels as natural as putting one foot in front of the next.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Taking place over little more than a day in the life of a family, Kore-eda's film locates the profound in the mundane. [Blu-ray]

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Koreeda makes it worth our while to watch these people, allowing us to dig for nuggets of information, piecing them together, and learning something about the resilience of family bonds along the way.

January 25, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A delicate, devastating Japanese tragicomedy.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday
Independent on Sunday

while this film is full of all the bitterness, regret, jealousy, disappointment, deceit and awkward love that make up any family, it depicts these with a calm restraint and subtlety, excluding even the slightest hint of melodrama

January 20, 2010
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Subtle and multi-layered film-making with compelling performances.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A beautifully measured melodrama that owes much to Yasujiro Ozu's Japanese classic Tokyo Story.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

This is a higher order of storytelling, and this gentle, lovely film is impossible to watch without a lump in the throat.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

An acutely observed and tenderly rendered portrait of family, mortality and remembering.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Koreeda's big theme is the transience of all our lives, but he doesn't make a meal of it. Instead, he essays a moving restraint that evokes Ozu's vintage domestic dramas - no mean feat.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Full of the small revelations that make up everyone's memories and regrets. It is beautifully acted too.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

utaka Yamazaki's photography and Gontiti's guitar score are as impeccable as the performances, but it's Koreeda's delicacy, wit and insight that makes this so intricate, poignant and truthful.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Limpidly shot, translucently acted, Still Walking steals up on you quietly and stays with you forever.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

The writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda, who made the brilliant After Life, has the imaginative sympathy of a great novelist, unsparing yet not unforgiving in his examination of a family held together by habit, regret and, ultimately, an unspoken love.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Told with a measured pace, Still Walking gently beguiles as it captures the tensions, the silly misunderstandings, love and lingering regrets that are present in all families.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The film exquisitely observes this awkward truth with wisdom, artistry, humour and an understanding that love, respect and regret come as a package.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A well made, superbly acted family drama that's definitely worth seeing, though it won't appeal to everyone.

January 14, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking)

Richly layered family drama that's poignant and wonderfully human. Even the animosity and strife is infused with warmth. Kore-Eda knocked this one out of the park.
May 27, 2012
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Randy Tippy

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Still Walking is a subtly beautiful film-making that revels in its simplicity in presenting complex honest emotions. Fine visual artistry. Gently tense that delivers a calm delight.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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"Still Walking" is a heartfelt and bittersweet movie about what would be on the surface just a simple family gathering. However, Ryota(Hiroshi Abe) has not seen his parents in years, nor does he call to talk, and is bringing along his wife Yukari(Yui Nutsakawa) and her son Atsushi(Shohei Tanaka) from her first marriage. Even on the train ride there, he is already planning their exit strategy but Yukari persuades him to spend the night. Ryo's parents(Kirin Kiki & Yoshio Harada) are old fashioned and disapprove of him marrying a widow. That is not the only sign that death hangs over this household, as Ryota's father is 72 and unwillingly retired from his calling as a doctor, even as a neighbor talks to him about being with her when she dies. The eldest son Junpei died young and heroically(his shrine can be seen prominently in several shots), leaving the father with nobody to continue the clinic he worked at all his life, as Ryo did not follow him into the profession and cannot live up to what has been expected of him. Ryo is currently between jobs. He talks about being an art restorer but calls publishers, looking for work. In any case, he cannot afford a car, a status item, to pick up his mother to go shopping. In the end, this is a refreshingly honest and admirably restrained movie about the complex emotions of family dynamics which speaks much to the hypocrisy of civility, the only honesty coming from speaking behind everybody else's backs.(It would have been even better if less had been said between the characters.) Regardless, no matter what is said and not said, one's parents should always be cared for.
September 20, 2009
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Walter M.

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