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Like Father, Like Son [DVD]

Masaharu Fukuyama , Machiko Ono , Hirokazu Kore-eda    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yko Maki
  • Directors: Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2014
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FYZ7FFO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,817 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Would you choose your natural son, or the son you believed was yours after spending 6 years together? Hirokazu Kore-eda, the globally acclaimed director of Nobody Knows, Still Walking and I Wish, returns to the big screen with another family - a family thrown into torment after a phone call from the hospital where the son was born...

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.

Like Father, Like Son was the winner of the Jury Prize at The Cannes Film Festival 2013 and is in competition for the Best Film award at this year s London Film Festival.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hirokazu is the Ozu of our age 2 Dec 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Hirokazu could never been accused of being a stylist, his films are traditionally Japanese in their minimalism. In that regard he champions something much more interesting - substance. He takes a vague topic like 'what does it mean to be a father?' and takes it in some trite narrative directions that work consistently thanks to the emotional truth weaved into his script. There were countless occasions where I laughed at the simple headed honesty of the kids only to be fighting off tears in the next scene. That ability of Hirokazu's to capture the wonderful innocence of childhood is second to none. LIkewise, his ability to evoke tragedy and beauty in the simplest of gestures isn't far behind. Film of the Year material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a Mission 12 Feb 2014
Format:DVD
I think that 99.9% of parents would have solved this riddle in one second flat but let's just say that this is Japan and we're in a different culture, so it's not going to be that easy! Nevertheless, it's an awful dilemma for any parent, so we all have to go through this two hours of pain hoping for the right result?
The two men / dads, are like chalk and cheese. One is buried in his career, consumed by his status and position and what he thinks it gives the family? His wife looks after his son! He's not a bad dad but not a very good one either - he's a provider I suppose?
The other dad has simple views on rights and wrongs but is not materialistic in any way; his life revolves around making his children happy as best he can.
The wives and mothers are everything that you would want them to be except for being more forthright and belligerent regarding their, and their sons' situation? I was left with the conclusion that the children were put through too much and unnecessarily so?
This film really does pull on the emotions. The acting by all (especially the children) is first class. Yes, you do feel like shouting at the screen but are compelled to stay to the very end - it's a mission!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This wonderful Japanese film deservedly won the 2013 Jury Prize at Cannes. It is the most natural and touching film I've seen this year.
Two boys are placed with the wrong parents just after birth and we join the two families when the boys are six and lawyers are trying to unscramble the mix-up.
Wealthy and ambitious Ryota and Midori have been rearing the biological son of easy-going and biophilous Yudai and Yukari who have themselves raised the hard-driven couple's young boy in a more loving and laissez-faire atmosphere.
Hirokazu Kooreda's direction teases superb acting from the whole cast, including the children. We become so enmeshed with the families that we don't so much 'watch' them as live with them through their dilemma.
This stunning naturalistic film explores so much more than the well-worn nature/nurture debate. It details the personal cost of arch ambition, the meaning of love, duty, attachment and separation.
For me the film turns, not on the axis of the fathers (who tend to dominate screen time) but on the quite extraordinary skill of the two women who must resolve an almost impossible puzzle. In these roles Yoko Maki and Machiko Ono both deserve Oscars.
Peter Bradshaw (Guardian) described the film as "undemanding". I completely disagree, it is compelling viewing. My vote goes with the Jury.
The film will be available from Feb. 2014.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About a boy. And another boy. 7 May 2014
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Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a Blu-ray only review - no additional DVD is provided. The dialogue is only in Japanese, and the only subtitles are in English.

A little boy named Keito lives with his parents in a luxury apartment in Tokyo - at least, that's what the three of them have been assuming for the past 6 years. His father is a successful and hard-working architect who wants his son to go the best private school, his parental priorities aimed at securing the boy's long-term success. So consumed is he with his work that, although he is not yet conscious of it, he has never really spent much time with his son and although it's undoubtedly a happy household, father and son have never truly bonded. Then comes devastating news from the hospital where Keito was born. He is not their son at all.

This is an intelligent, moving and thought-provoking drama that is likely to make you wonder what you would do in the same situation. Although there are four parents involved, the emphasis of the story is on the evolving reactions of Keito's father. In many ways it's a learning experience for him, not in the obvious sense of discovering that his son is not his own, but in the ways in which he gradually comes to realise what being a father should be, and how different this could be from his previous concept of fatherhood. The acting is outstanding across the cast, including that of the two 6 year old boys, the script is spot-on and while it gives each person the chance to give vent to their different emotions it is never melodramatic and at all times utterly convincing. The story opens a window into two very different worlds of parenthood, in essence represented by a couple who have a lot of money and another who have very little. There's much more to it than that, however.
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