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Still Walking [DVD]

Hiroshi Abe , Yui Natsukawa , Hirokazu Kore-Eda    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Drakes Avenue Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2010
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00395ATKY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,981 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Yokoyama family come together to celebrate the memory of their youngest son Junpei, who died fifteen years ago while rescuing a boy from drowning. Over the course of one summer day we follow the family, bound together by love as well as resentments and secrets, as new relatives become acquainted, old stories are retold, food prepared and an elegant graveside ritual takes place.  It is with warmth and gentle humour that we follow the complex dynamics between the equally annoying, lovely and precious characters of the Yokoyama family, all masterfully drawn by Kore-Eda.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Documentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Still Walking is a family drama about grown children visiting their elderly parents, which unfolds over one summer day. The aging parents have lived in the family home for decades. Their son and daughter return for a rare family reunion, bringing their own families with them. They have gathered to commemorate the tragic death of the eldest son, who drowned in an accident fifteen years ago. Although the roomy house is as comforting and unchanging as the mother's homemade feast, everyone in the family has subtly changed. ...Still Walking ( Aruitemo aruitemo ) ( Even If You Walk and Walk )

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bitter-sweet delight 30 May 2010
Format:DVD
The film features one day of Yokoyama family, when they are reunited to commemorate the 12 anniversary of death of the eldest son. The family shares nostalgia, humour, sadness and tension as memories are shared and ceremonies performed. Its a very down-to-earth movie, with touching beauty of moments which we disregard as routine while our beloved ones are still alive, and recall as the happiest in our lives when those who shared it with us are gone.
Very good actors works, and I was striked by amazing resemblance of the male lead, Hiroshi Abe with inimitable Gregory Peck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Corn fritter memories 26 April 2011
By technoguy VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
In Still Walking we alight on the anniversary of an eldest son's death 15 years before on this ordinary Japanese family's life like a yellow butterfly,which enters the family home like the spirit of Junpei come home.The spirit of Ozu's Tokyo Story breathes in this lovely drama of Japanese manners.Ryota(Hiroshi),a freelance art restorer,the central character,is dreading the occasion.His mother Toshiko(Kirin Kiki) bristles,as he's wed a widow Yukari with a son(Atsushi),and recently lost his job.His father, Kyohei (Harada), a retired doctor,rarely speaks to him.His favourite was the deceased Junpei,who was going to inherit his doctor's practice.His death hovers over the rituals of the family's day,including watering the grave stone.The idea that people don't go away is explored in a conversation Yukari has with her son about the presence of his deceased father inside of him along with her spirit as well.

Alongside this we see Ryota's sister Chinamee(You),her feckless husband Nobuo,and their lively children,her desire to move with her family back into the parental home. Ryota's father Kyohai is a cantankerous brooder,trying to manipulate Atsushi,his grandchild,to become a doctor.Toshiko reveals beneath her gentle hospitality and cooking skills,to have a reservoir of anger:one the ungainly stranger,the young man Junpei saved from drowning,socially awkward and made to squirm by the parents, only invited back to each commemoration so she has someone to hate;the other revolves around the playing of an old(favourite) song,reminding her of Kyohai's infidelity.There are better moments,Toshiko's corn fritters bring back happy memories and old photos and stories come out.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still walking. 21 Nov 2010
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This is simple tale of family life and visits from relatives. Once seen, the images will stay with you for ever. There is a slender plot but in that plot there is love and friendship and compassion and weariness and growing old and children and life. The director has made this film without pretensions and artefacts; he has made it from his own gently recalled family memories and he has done it with fondness for the myriad details of family life. It is clear that the director has wanted to share the love he has of his own memories of family. As I say: images from this film will sty with you.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid walk 5 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
Still Walking by Hirokazu Kore-Eda is a
wonderful film in many respects. It's
very different from the movies the casual
moviegoer is likely to see in some nearby
theatre. I've now seen four films by HK,
and while all the others are really good,
maybe this one is his masterpiece. His
complete control of the "emotional palette"
is admirable, his vision is original
without having to stretch out to any
extremes. One could say this film is
in some ways related to the later Ozu
films, but Kore-Eda is very much his
own man, and is on equal footing with
the old master in my humble opinion.
I highly recommend this film for those
who are seeking something different
from the daily (and stale) bread of
American money-making enterprises,
and Koreeda manages to deliver
this quietly but convincingly. I feel
certain that this film will withstand
the test of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well observed portrait of a family 12 Nov 2011
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Still Walking is not for those wanting a lot of drama in a movie. On the other hand it is a very well observed portrait of the tensions and sorrows in a family and an examination thereof of status. A Japanese family meet for the day to comemmorate the death of one of their members. The unemployed son of the aging doctor and his wife, tries to hide the fact that he is not working at the moment and he feels he has to defend his lowly status in the family hierarchy. The whole thing has a very natural feel, and it as though you were watching real people, rather than actors with a script. very good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes they really return 3 Oct 2011
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The movie is exactly what critics said, a little precious masterpiece of ordinary life, never boring, on the line of classic Ozu movies. That's where they return, and with new, subtile psychology. The subtitles are exhaustive, so one can get all the shades of said and unsaid. Actors all perfect, and the extras will say more about this. I have personally enjoyed Yoshio Harada, known for his "desperado" samurai roles in the 70s and over, with his jazz voice at the top here. For those who love good movies, and of course for the fans of Japanese movies. It's really worth having it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done 26 Jun 2011
By Margaret Gallagher VINE VOICE
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The writing, acting and direction in this quiet snapshot of life is excellent. The relationships, attitudes, hurts and family dramas are detailed with beautiful and heartfelt accuracy. As someone who tends to get involved with the things I watch, I found it sad that nobody seemed to gain any insight or empathy across the years, even in the final scenes. Everyone was so closed to each other. So, while it was very beautifully done, and very true to life for many families, I could not give it five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very touching film.
A wonderfully atmospheric and heart warming tale. The film provides an insight into the everyday life of a family with all it's up's and down's, very engaging.
Published 18 months ago by G.B.Jenkins
2.0 out of 5 stars slooooow
I watch a lot of art movies from European and world cinema. This film is just slow. There are some nice moments, but nothing that makes us feel that souls have been revealed to us. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mike L
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Naturalistic and Involving
There are so many things I like about this film. Camera work so non-intrusive that it puts you on the inside, acting so convincing that it doesn't feel like acting and a multitude... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by lawrence_of_london
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet but enriching
Can't add much to earlier reviews of this quiet film , at the end I really felt I knew the people and identified with their humanity in both their strengths and weaknesses . Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by D.R.McBride
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't feel at home with this family
If the title music is anything to go by this will be a gentle sentimental sad little film.

Grandma is wrapping sea urchin in cucumber. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by Jan Mecir
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle sentiment
This is a touching and gentle contemporary drama which portrays overnight events in the household of Ryo's elderly parents during his reluctant but dutiful annual visit to them,... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by Tyke
4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked work of Japanese art-house cinema
It is interesting reading the other reviews for this movie, which demonstrate the possibility of experiencing the same thing differently. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by P. Hughes
3.0 out of 5 stars boring as hell
the film is boring not for the lack of good intentions, surfeit of details, and good acting. The film is obviously personal to the director, but not at all brave in the execution. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by aiya
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