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After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017)



Critic Consensus: After the Storm crosses cultural lines to offer timeless observations about parental responsibilities, personal bonds, and the capacity for forgiveness.

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Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.


Hiroshi Abe
as Ryota Shinoda
Yoko Maki
as Kyoko Shiraishi
Kirin Kiki
as Yoshiko Shinoda
Lily Franky
as Koichiro Yamabe
Satomi Kobayashi
as Chinatsu Nakashima
Sosuke Ikematsu
as Kento Machida
Isao Hashizume
as Mitsuru Niida
Taiyo Yoshizawa
as Shingo Shiraishi
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A quiet character study of a man in slow-motion crisis.

April 20, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

For a film filled with broken promises, dead dreams, conniving duplicity and desperation, "After the Storm" has a surprisingly light touch and odd charm.

April 7, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The director keeps his characters and audience bobbing together over waters that grow deeper and deeper, until it's impossible to distinguish the everyday from the profound.

April 6, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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Solid yet subtly sphinxlike ...

March 30, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"After the Storm" has what the Japanese call mono no aware, which translates as "the pathos of things." It is a film that is aware of the of the transient, impermanent nature of life.

March 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Kore-eda looks sensitively at the deep roots of unquenched anguish, but he constructs the characters too neatly and the situations too precisely for the drama to seem like anything but a well-meaning lesson.

March 27, 2017 | Full Review…

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