After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)


Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 7, 2016 12:00 PM
Lark Theatre Mon, Oct 10, 2016 4:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:117 min.
Director:Hirokazu Kore-eda
Producer:Kaoru Matsuzaki
Akihiko Yose
Hijiri Taguchi
Screenwriter:Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cinematographer:Yutaka Yamazaki
Editor:Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast:Hiroshi Abe
Yôko Maki
Taiyô Yoshizawa
Kirin Kiki
Print Source:Film Movement
Note Writer:Peter Stein


With delicate precision and wry humor, writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son, MVFF 2013) wields gentle comedy like a bemused surgeon to dissect one family’s tiny disappointments and postponed dreams. Fifteen years have passed since his promising first novel, but now sad-sack Ryota is divorced, struggling with a gambling problem, and stuck in a dubious job as a private detective. He can’t even make child-support payments for his young son. But Ryota's wily mother—played with mischievous wit by veteran Kiki Kirin in a film-stealing performance—may be quietly plotting to get him to reconcile with his ex-wife and child by inviting them all to shelter in her apartment during a typhoon. Hovering over each of the characters is a question the young boy puts to his dad: “Are you the person you wanted to be?” With warmth and compassion, After the Storm deftly takes the measure of one family’s cumulative heartbreaks and joys.

Additional Information

Born in 1962 in Tokyo, Kore-Eda began his career in 1987 directing documentary programs at TV Man Union. He made his narrative feature directorial debut with Maborosi in 1995 and continued to build an impressive career of acclaimed films with After Life (1998), Distance (2001), Nobody Knows (2004), Hana (2006), Still Walking (2008), Air Doll (2009), I Wish(2011), Like Father, Like Son (2013) and last year Our Little Sister. After The Storm is his latest film.