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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Critic Reviews for Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking)

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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.

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

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • 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…
  • 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
  • This masterful family drama by Japanese writer- director Hirokazu Kore-eda commences on a deceptively tranquil note, lightly spiced with a needling humor.

    Oct 8, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Pitch-perfect and profoundly moving...

    Sep 24, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 24, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking)

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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

Super Reviewer

"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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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