D. Hirokazu Koreeda| 117mins | PG | Japan
(Japanese with English subtitles)
“Achingly beautiful ode to the quiet complexities of family life“- The Telegraph
“After the Storm” crosses cultural lines to offer timeless observations about parental responsibilities, personal bonds, and the capacity for forgiveness.
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, but there is no way of knowing which way a storm will blow.
Director, Hirokazu Kore-eda has drawn comparisons to Yasujiro Ozu in the way he’s not as interested in major plot twists or set pieces as he is subtle human emotion, typically hinging on family dynamics. With his latest, remarkably moving film he again finds truth and drama in relatable human behaviour, and does so by sketching fully-realized, three-dimensional characters.
There are so many things in life that have value mostly because of how much we obsess about them, and Kore-eda’s film reminds us that nothing is more important than the moment you are currently in, especially when that moment is spending time with your children.
Screenwave & JMT Present
Thursday 26 October
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