After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) Reviews

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September 14, 2020
Kore-eda vividly explores the complexity of familial relations while touching gently upon the fundamental importance of treasuring small moments of happiness.
September 8, 2020
One of Kore-eda's most emotionally poignant films and strongest familial dramas to date, After the Storm is an absolute pleasure.
August 5, 2020
It's quiet, sweet, and surprisingly hopeful - just the sort of story you'd expect from Japanese maestro, Hirokazu Kore-eda.
July 24, 2020
Koreeda, with meticulous formal control of the frame, makes an enriching observation about family ties and parental obligations. [Full review in Spanish]
July 17, 2020
Taking on many Japanese social issues - divorce, unemployment, elderly care, albeit very subtly, After the Storm is another gentle family tale with great measured performances from everyone involved.
April 11, 2020
Beautifully layered, bittersweet and forlorn.
May 2, 2019
The performances of After the Storm are indeed exceptional across the board, including pitch-perfect leading man Abe, as well as Maki, who distinguishes her bitter divorcée role with a crusty, steely impatience.
May 1, 2019
This is the latest work of acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose filmic signature is the subtle and small-scale character study in the tradition of the late Japanese film auteur Yasujiro Ozu.
April 3, 2019
Japanese auteur Hirokazu Koreeda strikes gold yet again with this superlative and poetic portrait of another fractured family unit.
March 21, 2019
Kore-eda directs in a manner that emphasizes performance over visual style, and the action seems set to the same casual rhythms as real life. But most importantly, he has empathy for his characters.
November 10, 2018
[Kore-eda] knows how to give you a tonic for your soul when you most need it ... with scenes that are akin to granules of grace being fed piece by piece.
November 3, 2018
It's arguably one of Koreeda's more schematic works, but this feels permissible when he's offering such an eloquent, almost literary, glance over his characters.
August 8, 2018
It feels strangely trivial.
June 5, 2018
Here there is no doubt characters have changed, but externally their behavior seems all but the same. The development is incremental and internalized.
June 5, 2018
[Director Kore-eda Hirokazu's] work is no mere nostalgia act...
June 5, 2018
A most satisfying sweet domestic comedy.
December 29, 2017
As the storm winds down and dawn approaches, you deeply care - because you can't predict, and neither can they - whether these family members will learn to grow up, let go and move on.
December 19, 2017
After the Storm brilliantly deconstructs this self-destructive cycle over time. It patiently strips away male delusions of grandeur and focuses intensely on the responsibility of being mindful.
December 19, 2017
All of these build up to being more than the sum of its parts. For anyone, being compared to Ozu is daunting, but Kore-eda needn't be ashamed, not with efforts like "After the Storm."
December 19, 2017
It's a quiet piece, but resonant in its humanity and hope.
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