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Films By Hirokazu Kore-Eda

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 them to eternity. While some people have no trouble choosing, others agonise over the decision. A ... Read more
Hirokazu Kore-eda has two previous MIFF hits under his belt and once again proves his irrepressible talent. After Life is set in a purgatory or limbo which 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 ... Read more
'I found myself with a heart I was not supposed to have.'- Nozomi, the inflatable doll ... The subject of a MIFF spotlight in 2007, filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda (Still Walking, MIFF 09; Nobody Knows) returns with a Pinocchio-inspired fable about a life-sized sex doll (captivatingly embodied by South ... Read 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 passed… On the anniversary of the slaughter, four friends who lost loved ones in the tragedy ... Read more
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 decidedly unconventional samurai film. It follows an inept warrior, unable to avenge his father's killing ... Read more
“A witty, involving, upbeat story about kids and the miracle of life... delightful and uplifting.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Eleven-year-old Koichi and nine-year-old Ryunosuke are as close as brothers can be. But when their parents divorce, the two find themselves living hundreds of kilometres ... Read more
"A piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love." - The Telegraph ... Ryota is a successful Tokyo architect who works long hours to provide for his wife, Midori, and six-year-old son, Keita. But when a blood test reveals Keita and another baby were switched at birth ... Read 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-eda The fundamental human experience of mourning and regeneration is rendered with quietly gathered power in this story about a young woman who ... Read more
... ... The fundamental and universal human experience of mourning and regeneration is rendered with quietly gathered power in this wonderful film about a young woman who believes that she brings death to those she loves Kore-eda's first him is in a contemplative, classically Japanese style that ... Read 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 Voice Based on a true story, Nobody Knows sees four children relying on their wits and premature wisdom while fending for themselves in ... Read more
“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 ... Read more
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