Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
“This sublimely poignant character study will likely rank alongside Ozu's classics… one of the best Japanese family dramas ever put on film.” - Time Out
The Yokoyama family reunites to honour their eldest son, who died saving a boy from drowning 15 years earlier. The annual ritual teases out buried resentments and disappointments - particularly for Ryota, who has spent the last decade and a half living in his dead brother's shadow.
One of the great humanists of Japanese cinema, Hirokazu Koreeda (the subject of a MIFF retrospective in 2007) here continues his dissection of the themes of memory, death and loss.
“So completely absorbing, so sure of its own scale and scope that while you're watching it the rest of the world fades into irrelevance.” - New York Times
A gentle samurai on a mission to take revenge on his father's death. To kill or not to kill - that is the question.Hirokazu Kore-eda's most recent release - and his first period film - is a decided… More »
A massacre initiated by the followers of an apocalyptic religious sect has left more than 100 people dead - including the self-appointed executioners slain by fellow cult members.Three years have p… More »
Set in a purgatory limbo that looks an awful lot like an old brick school on a perfect autumn day.Guides assist the newly dead in selecting their most treasured memory, the one they will take with … More »
“I will be pleased if the audience realises that this film is a document of the ‘light and shadow' which flicker inside a woman.” - Hirokazu Kore-edaThe fundamental human experience of mourni… More »
“Calling [this] an ‘issue' film ignores the fact that movies concerned with the fragile reality of childhood are as precious as one-pound pearls.” - Village VoiceBased on a true story, Nobody… More »