Like Father, Like Son (2014)
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Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) is a successful Tokyo architect who works long hours to provide for his wife, Midori (Machiko Ono) and six-year-old son, Keita. But when a blood test reveals Keita and another baby were switched at birth, two very different families are thrown together and forced to make a difficult decision while Ryota confronts his own issues of responsibility and what it means to be a father. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON extends the Japanese cinema tradition of familial exploration to
Jan 17, 2014 Limited
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The children's performances are winning, but the director's dogmatic social scheme saps the dramatic tension in a film whose predictable message is: to be like a real father, you must connect with your son.
Though it's packed with adorable tykes and more than a few strong scenes, even Kore-eda fans may feel a let-down with a lovely film that makes little emotional connection
As usual, the director retains his controlled style even as he moves toward a more traditional narrative mode.
Given its sensitivity in other areas, the film's conception of its own class divide is stunningly trite.
[Kore-eda's] latest, for all its careful construction and sweet pockets of feeling, is his glibbest and most morally one-sided film to date.
This is a relentlessly quiet character study that is photographed with Zen remove and scored metronomically to Bach and Beethoven, each scene clipped to the barest essentials.
With his reliably controlled style, Koreeda's film explores issues of nature vs. nature with a subtle, humanistic touch.
By aiming the camera primarily at the parents Kore-eda can't seem to find the joy that he injected in "Nobody Knows", "Still Walking" and "After Life"... Adults, man, all they do is work and judge others. They're no fun.
An affecting film, thanks to Fukuyama's understated turn and Koreeda's typically graceful visual storytelling.
The result is a deceptively rich and rewarding drama, small of gesture, huge of heart.
Kore-eda captures the surreal, delicious mundanity of modern life. Alas, in the second half ... tension fades.
With his previous film I Wish, we knew that Japanese filmmaker Kore-eda was an expert at drawing engaging performances out of adorable young children.
A story with life and vibrancy becomes a story with a message, a mandate and too mathematical a design.
Brilliantly directed, powerfully emotional and sharply observed Japanese drama with a superb script and terrific performances from the entire cast.
The simple, tragicomic trails of fatherhood are captured with perfection in the latest from Japan's Hirokazu Koreeda.
Kore-eda has crafted a piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love, and his status as Ozu's heir becomes ever more assured.
Like Father, Like Son uses a well-worn plot device as a springboard to explore the meaning of family and fatherhood in an age and a society where guilty parents struggle to achieve a healthy life/work balance.
Switched-at-birth, Japanese style. An engaging look at class warfare viewed from far-away Mt. Fuji.
An appealing Japanese film about the slow and surprising transformation of a self-absorbed father and distant father.
...the filmmaker has infused the proceedings with a heartfelt atmosphere that's awfully difficult to resist...
The film scores all of its thematic points early, commenting intriguingly, if ultimately rather obviously, on the demands of Japanese patriarchy.
The story works wonderfully as an idea, but Kore-eda never quite manages to infuse it with the same depth of feeling his main character goes through.
Like Father Like Son plays out as a gentle, cautionary morality tale for our times, which might be its weakness.
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