Like Father, Like Son

Its remarkable premise works almost as a thought-experiment and Kore-eda's latest serves as a welcome addition to a filmography that, along with 1998's After Life, Still Walking (2008) and I Wish (2011), is both meditative and moving.
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A witty combo of humor and human drama.
-Deborah Young,The Hollywood Reporter
A truly beautiful examination of what it means to be a parent.
-Peter Knegt and Eric Kohn,Indiewire
A tender poem about the ebb and flow of paternal love.
-Robbie Collin,The Telegraph
Utterly captivating
-Simon Crook,Empire
Affecting and charming
-Peter Bradshaw,The Guardian

Synopsis

Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life as a winner. Then one day, he and his wife, Midori, get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not their son - the hospital gave them the wrong baby. Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between nature and nurture. Seeing Midori's devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet caring family that has raised his natural son for the last six years, Ryota also starts to question himself: has he really been a 'father' all these years… The moving story of a man who finally faces himself when he encounters an unexpected wall for the first time in his life.

Release Date

Friday, March 07, 2014
Original Languages: Japanese
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 120 min
Year: 2013

CREDITS

CAST
Lily Franky
Machiko Ono
Masaharu Fukuyama
Yoko Maki
DIRECTED BY
Hirokazu Kore-eda

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Director Hirokazu Koreeda. © 2013 FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC./AMUSE INC./GAGA CORPORATION. All rights reserved.
Hwang Shogen in Like Father, Like Son. © 2013 FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC./AMUSE INC./GAGA CORPORATION. All rights reserved.
Fukuyama Masaharu and Ono Machiko in Like Father, Like Son. © 2013 FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC./AMUSE INC./GAGA CORPORATION. All rights reserved.
Masaharu Fukuyama in Like Father, Like Son. © 2013 FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC./AMUSE INC./GAGA CORPORATION. All rights reserved.
Back left to right : Ono Machiko, Fukuyama Masaharu, Lily Franky, Maki YokoFront left to right: Ninomiya Keita, Hwang Shogen© 2013 FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC./AMUSE INC./GAGA CORPORATION. All rights reserved.