Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

Cannes Jury Prize-winning drama from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda (I Wish, Still Walking) about a hard-working father devoted to living the perfect family life. But that ideal is shaken when he and his wife are told that their 6-year-old boy Keita is not their son – they were given the wrong baby after the birth.

"Ryota [the father] is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between nature and nurture. Meanwhile, seeing Midori’s devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet caring family who raised his blood son for the last six years, Ryota also starts to question himself: has he really been a father all these years." (Cannes Film Festival)

Winner of Jury Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Special Mention), Cannes Film Festival 2013.
2013Rating: PG120 minsJapanJapanese with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Perhaps Japan’s finest cinematic chronicler of familial dynamics since Yasujiro Ozu, Hirokazu Koreeda has crafted another touching, engrossing, masterfully nuanced film with Like Father, Like Son, which explores the effects of a baby-switching fiasco on the sensitive bonds of early child-and-parenthood. Koreeda poses a tricky question: if you discover that the child you’ve been raising for six years isn’t your biological offspring, and are offered the opportunity to connect with your real child, what would you do?

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Variety

Variety

The director retains his controlled style even as he moves toward a more traditional narrative mode.

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Total Film

Total Film

Although a bit over-neat in its contrasts between the respective families, Like Father, Like Son remains an affecting film.

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Time Out

Time Out

See it before Spielberg does his remake.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

A piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Sweet-natured, but essentially undemanding film from Kore-eda.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

What makes Like Father, Like Son so quietly powerful is that for the most part, it doesn’t traffic in stereotypes.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Another quiet delight from Koreeda.

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