After the Storm

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Japan | 2016 | 117 minutes | Hirokazu Koreeda

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Japanese auteur Hirozaku Kore-eda (Our Little Sister) returns with a gentle, complex domestic drama about a ne’er-do-well father attempting to reconnect with his estranged family when a typhoon traps them together in an all-night emotional journey.

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Director Hirokazu Kore-eda (SIFF 2016's Our Little Sister) has carved out a cinema niche: naturalist examinations of middle-class Japanese families. Subtly conveying lessons through a unique blend of melancholy and generosity, Kore-eda has honed a focus on life's various imperfections, a bittersweet outlook that eschews easy melodrama. Here, we meet Ryota (Hiroshi Abe, I Wish), a once-celebrated novelist now scraping the bottom of the barrel in a commuter town on the outskirts of Tokyo. Barely making ends meet as a small-time private detective, the scant money he makes blackmailing cheating husbands goes directly to the bicycle racetrack, where he gambles away the child support he owes his ex-wife (Yoko Maki, Like Father, Like Son) and young son Shingo (Yaiyo Yoshizawa). To top it off, his own father has recently passed away, leaving his mother Yoshiko (Kirin Kiki, Still Walking) to pick up the remaining pieces of what she considers a heretofore wasted life. With little left to lose, Ryota invites his estranged ex-wife and son to his mother's house for a potential reconciliation disguised as a casual dinner. But when a typhoon hits, all are forced into an all-nighter, where hard truths, personal disappointments, and lingering emotional doubts rise to the surface. Once again, Kore-eda's profound insight into ordinary human life makes for stunning and gentle human drama.

Director Biography

Born 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Waseda University in 1987, Kore-eda joined TV Man Union where he directed several prize-winning documentary programs. In 2014, he launched his production company BUN-BUKU. In 1995, his directorial debut Maborosi, based on the original novel by Miyamoto Teru, won the 52nd Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Osella. After Life (1998), distributed in more than 30 countries, brought Kore-eda international acclaim.

Sponsored by Japan Studies Program UW; Mitsubishi Corporation; The Japan Foundation - Los Angeles; Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association

  • Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Principal Cast: Abe Hiroshi, Maki Yoko, Yoshizawa Taiyo, Kilin Kiki
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 117 minutes
  • Producer: Kaoru Matsuzaki, Akihiko Yose, Hijri Taguchi
  • Screenplay: Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Cinematographers: Yutaka Yamazaki
  • Editors: Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Music: Hanaregumi
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Online Film Critics Society Awards 2017 (Best Non-US Release)
  • Filmography: Our Little Sister (2015); Like Father, Like Son (2013); I Wish (2011); Air Doll (2009); Wishing you’re alright (2008); Still Walking (2008); Hana (2006); Nobody Knows (2004); Distance (2001); After Life (1998); Maborosi (1995)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Film Movement
  • International Sales: Wild Bunch