Like Father, Like Son (Soshite chichi ni naru)

Feature Film | JP 2013 | 120' | Subtitled English

What determines a child’s future? Nature or nurture? In his family drama LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda tackles this abstract issue in a very concrete and touching fashion. Six years after the fact, two pairs of parents are told by the hospital that their sons had been switched at birth. One grew up an only child, raised very strictly by a wealthy couple, the other boy had siblings, and was brought up in the somewhat chaotic household of an unsuccessful shop keeper. Both pairs of parents face the same question: should they give the child they love away and take over raising their biological offspring instead? Kore-eda proves to be a master of quiet, but powerful drama in the best tradition of his compatriot Yasujiro Ozu, and, as in his earlier films, NOBODY KNOWS and I WISH, as a gentle director of child actors. That earned him the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Producer
Kaoru Matsuzaki , Hijiri Taguchi
Executive Producer
Tatsuro Hatanaka, Chihiro Kameyama, Tom Yoda
Director
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Script
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Photography
Mikiya Takimoto
Editor
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Sound
Yutaka Tsurumaki
Principal Cast
Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Lily Franky
Production Companies
Amuse/Fuji Television Network/GAGA

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Selected filmography Hirokazu Kore-eda

DISTANCE (2001), NOBODY KNOWS (2004), HANA (2006), AIR DOLL (2009), I WISH (2011)