After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)

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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.

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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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There are some funny moments in this Japanese gendai-geki (primarily with the Grandma character), but it is mostly a dramatic exploration of family life in contemporary Japan. Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) tries to reconnect with his son, his ex-wife, and his mother. There are many piercing universal observations about relationships and the modern world. The central family are all very natural performers. They are forced into close quarters and bond again when there is a big storm across the island. With a leisurely pace and the common Japanese stylistic touch of off-screen space this movie has a beautiful sense of repairing brokenness.

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