Like Father, Like Son


Like Father, Like Son

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Sensitively written, smartly directed, and powerfully performed, Like Father, Like Son uses familiar-seeming elements to tell a thought-provoking story.



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Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) is a successful Tokyo architect who works long hours to provide for his wife, Midori (Machiko Ono) and six-year-old son, Keita. But when a blood test reveals Keita and another baby were switched at birth, two very different families are thrown together and forced to make a difficult decision while Ryota confronts his own issues of responsibility and what it means to be a father. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON extends the Japanese cinema tradition of familial exploration to deliver a gentle and moving story of personal redemption that playfully navigates its way through the drama. (c) iFC Films

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Masaharu Fukuyama
as Nonomiya Ryota
Machiko Ono
as Nomiya Midorino
Yoko Maki
as Saiki Yukari
Lily Franky
as Saiki Yudai
Keita Ninomiya
as Keita Nonomiya

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  • There are times when the script seems just too schematic - as if Kore-eda has decided that we should all sit still while he lays out the nature versus nurture debate. Then the small truths which enrich each scene take over.

    May 2, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film's climax, built around the layout of a particular Tokyo location, resolves this motif in a simple, elegant and wholly satisfying way.

    Apr 16, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • If you've seen any of Koreeda's previous films, and especially the wrenching children-alone saga Nobody Knows, it won't surprise you to learn that the observation of children in Like Father, Like Son is unfailingly acute ...

    Mar 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Koreeda's film never feels gimmicky; he uses the situation to examine both nature and nurture while dealing with ties that simply can't be broken. "Like Father, Like Son" ponders the meaning of family.

    Feb 21, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Writer and director Hirokazu Koreeda does not pretend that there are easy answers in his film, which at times plays almost like a fable. But the emotions and heartbreak are always grounded in reality.

    Feb 19, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • If you've seen Hirokazu Koreeda's films - Nobody Knows, Still Life, I Wish - then just the announcement that a new one, Like Father, Like Son, has arrived is all you need to know.

    Feb 14, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Like Father, Like Son

The ending is left to the viewers interpretation, which is the only disappointing part of this movie. The subject matter didn't especially appeal to me, and I often find this type of movie cloying, but I was pleasantly surprised by and really enjoyed this.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Koreeda brings a great deal of his usual delicacy and sensibility to a story that doesn't offer easy answers, even if - given the complex nature of the subject in itself - it feels like it doesn't go as deep as it could into its themes and remains a bit more redundant than insightful.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A delicate and introspective drawing of parenthood. Its gentle pace immerses us in the quotidian and thorny duty of raising children, and despite the misfortune that sets the path of the two families to cross, it leaves an incredibly tender and hopeful resolution.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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A Japanese couple discovers that the boy they have been raising as their son was actually switched at birth with a child from a poorer family. Well-made and acted, but fairly obvious, family drama.

Greg S
Greg S

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