Like Father, Like Son

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Showings

Rafael 1 Wed, Oct 9, 2013 2:30 PM
Lark Theatre Sat, Oct 12, 2013 8:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Focus: 3 Gen Japan
Country:Japan
Year:2013
Running Time:120
Language:Japanese
Director:Hirokazu Koreeda
Producer:Tatsuro Hatanaka
Chihiro Kameyama
Tom Yoda
Screenwriter:Hirokazu Koreeda
Cinematographer:Mikiya Takimoto
Editor:Hirokazu Koreeda
Cast:Masaharu Fukuyama
Yoko Maki
Jun Kunimara
Machiko Ono
Print Source:VP Publicity

Description

View Trailer HERE

In Japanese with English subtitles. In this sensitive and compelling domestic drama, winner of the coveted Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, a young Tokyo married couple receives news that threatens to change the way they feel about their six-year-old son. Since becoming a father, Ryota—a handsome, educated, workaholic architect—has relentlessly inculcated in his boy the approved formula for success that he has lived by: work hard, study hard, achieve at all costs, and happiness will follow in the form of status, money and love. But when the parents learn that “their” boy may actually have been switched at birth, while their biological son has been raised by kindly but under achieving country bumpkins, it triggers a crisis for both families. Should nature trump nurture? Can one love a child equally regardless of blood ties? Like Father, Like Son shrewdly uses the “baby swap” to dissect modern family values in a success-driven world.

—Peter L. Stein



PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA AND THE JAPAN SOCIETY

Additional Information

Internationally acclaimed Japanese director, producer, screenwriter and editor Hirokazu Kore-eda was born in Tokyo in 1962. He graduated from Waseda University in 1987 and went to work as an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. His first film was the documentary Lessons from a Calf (1991). His award-winning first feature, Maborosi (1995), was based on a novel by Teru Miyamoto and his own experiences while filming his second short, August Without Him (1994). His latest film, Like Father Like Son, won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Other films include Still Walking (2008) and Air Doll (2009).