Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008)



Critic Consensus: 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 patriarch Kyohei (Yoshio Harada) used to run a successful medical clinic out of the home, though the lights in his medical examining room haven't even been turned on in years. The tiles in the kitchen where energetic Toshiko (Kirin Kiki) cooks family meals are slowly coming loose, and as youngest son Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) arrives home, he does his best to hide the fact that he's currently unemployed. His older sister, Chinami (You), has also arrived with her family, and does her best to entertain everyone despite the undeniable cloud of melancholy hanging over the home. As the festive gathering commences and Toshiko lays out a lavish meal, it gradually becomes obvious that resentment and sorrow bonds this family as powerfully as love.
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Hiroshi Abe
as Ryota Yokoyama
Yui Natsukawa
as Yukari Yokoyama
Kirin Kiki
as Toshiko Yokoyama
Yoshio Harada
as Kyohei Yokoyama
as Chinami Kataoka
Kazuya Takahashi
as Nobuo Kataoka
Shohei Tanaka
as Atsushi Yokoyama
Ryôga Hayashi
as Mutsu Kataoka
Haruko Kato
as ?? ??{jpn}
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Critic Reviews for Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking)

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (21)

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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2010
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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Still Walking is a miniaturist's masterpiece, the ebb and flow of familial love distilled to its essence.

October 14, 2009
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.

Full Review… | October 8, 2009
Seattle Times
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Pitch-perfect and profoundly moving...

Full Review… | September 24, 2009
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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2009
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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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

A beautiful poetic movie from director of Nobody Knows.The ending was the main point of movie,which gave us a deep feeling.It tried to bring up questions such as why we should make life intolerable and instead of loving each other grieve for the ones we have lost.While we know that life is short and soon we are going to die.I should admit the movie was a bit boring and required more material.We feel emotionally affected but at the same time we arent sure if it is a big deal.

Reza Mohseni
Reza Mohseni

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