Like Father, Like Son (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Like Father, Like Son

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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 ...

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
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.

Full Review… | February 19, 2014
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A moving drama about parenthood from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda.

February 13, 2014
Seattle Times
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A deeply affecting Japanese family tale from Hirokazu Kore-eda, renowned for his films about parents, children, blood bonds and loss.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Like Father, Like Son


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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