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Like Father, Like Son [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.
A piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love --Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
A gentle and warm-hearted family drama, it has charm and abundant human sympathy --Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
A thoughtful exploration of the meaning of parenthood --Maggie Lee, Variety
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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.
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.Read more ›
One family consists of Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) and Midorino (Machiko Ono), father and mother to their only son Keita (Keita Ninomiya). Ryusei (Shogen Hwang) is the other son, whose father and mother Yukari (Yoko Maki) and Yudai (Lily Franky) also have two more young children. The hospital officials arranged the first of many meetings between the two couples. After getting over the shock of what happened, the adults began negotiating with each other over the fates of their sons.
Both sets of couples couldn’t be any more stereotypically different. Ryota and Midorino are a well-heeled conservative couple with a sensibly behaved son to match their elegantly co-ordinated lifestyle. The jovial Yukari and Yudai are a more personable, care-free version of the former couple who believe family comes first and to hell with anything else. This collision of opposites starts off a bad reaction in the much more judgemental Ryota, an extremely pompous architect who thinks that only the ones who focus and work the hardest deserve anything in life. By now your own mind is hurtling through various thoughts on what you would do, which is carefully realised in this film. Is the conclusion inevitable? Everyone but Ryota seems to know what should be done, and the film focuses on his troubled and often quietly appalling behaviour.
Yukari and Yudai accepted that Ryusei was different to themselves and their other children.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect item as described and quick delivery, highly recommended seller.Published 3 months ago by Laurence A Frankel
This is my first proper Japanese film that I have seen and own and it didn't disappoint, this film is gripped with Comedy, paternal feelings, drama. It's a gripping Japanese film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ian
A bit disappointing. Okay, but somehow not that engaging. Of course, your response may be different.Published 4 months ago by Mike Landay
Worth watching, an interesting topic that no one would want to have to deal with. An emotional end with only one real out come possible...Published 5 months ago by ratty
Enjoyed the film but the ending was a bit inconclusive.....!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Focused too much in fathers' parenting and ignored how children would feel changing families with no explanation.Published 6 months ago by Golden Girl