Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking)

2008

Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking)

Critics 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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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (24)

  • 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

    Jan 20, 2010
  • 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.

    Jan 15, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A beautifully measured melodrama that owes much to Yasujiro Ozu's Japanese classic Tokyo Story.

    Jan 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • This is a higher order of storytelling, and this gentle, lovely film is impossible to watch without a lump in the throat.

    Jan 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Full of the small revelations that make up everyone's memories and regrets. It is beautifully acted too.

    Jan 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • Still Walking is a miniaturist's masterpiece, the ebb and flow of familial love distilled to its essence.

    Oct 14, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking)

  • Sep 10, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2011
    Japanese drama by HIROKAZU KOREEDA ( MABOROSI, AFTER LIFE, AIR DOLL). Son and daughter return home to their aging parents for a day to commemorate their dead brother.Beautifully scripted and acted, the film shows the nuances of family life, the niggles, the needs, the discomfort, the secrets, all done so delicately you barely realise a conversation about music is really about some long-past infidelity or why two grown-ups are squabbling about a pair of pyjamas. This had me laughing out loud at times at the truth of it all. For anyone who's ever felt ambivalent about being visiting the folks back home. <img src="http://www.dvdfile.com/images/stories/upl_images/Still%20Walking%20-%20BD/still6.jpg">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2010
    The Japanese movie Still Walking, a beautiful family drama, about a son, visiting his parents on the fifteenth anniversary of his brothers death, he drowned while saving another boy. The acting was extremely good as I was used to see in Japanese movies. I think that these actors could have done this movie without a script, so real and so natural they did come over. There was still bitterness, grief and also selfishness ,which was the central subject of the movie.The movie had many emotional surprises,showed with a light touch. It was about family, love and regret and it was like real life story.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2009
    Deeply observant, naturalistic family drama about a son and his new wife returning home on the anniversary of his older brother's death. A simple and moving tale of a family dealing with old wounds and every day problems, and of children and their parents, both old and young. Yasujiro Ozu would have been proud.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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