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512 Ratings

After the Storm

Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan, 2016


A prize-winning author that wastes his money on gambling struggles to take back control of his existence as his aging mother and ex-wife move on with their lives, until a stormy summer night offers him a chance to bond with his young son once again.

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After the Storm Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Hirokazu Koreeda’s bittersweet comedy about three generations of a Japanese family is a gentle delight… For her part, Kiki is wonderful – her performance as the wisecracking granny is almost too broad for the laconic naturalism of the rest of the film, but rather than unbalance each scene, she somehow manages to galvanise them.
June 04, 2017
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The movie finds astonishing nuance, strangeness and often hilarity in situations where life is at its most heart-rending. Among its range of thematic touchpoints are the sudden death of a parent… the realisation that you will never be as great or successful as you were destined to be, the acceptance of your part in the unraveling of a marriage which has undoubtedly scarred your estranged child for life. Yes, it does sound depressing as hell on paper, but it really isn’t.
May 31, 2017
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Where many a contemporary reputation is built on an appearance of daring covering a hedged-bet complacency, Koreeda’s lovable, poignant little films are, conversely, more difficult viewing than at first blush they might appear. This charmer is a catalogue of the quotidian humiliations endured by a middle-aged child, scruffing up an expensive pair of cleats for his son so he can swing a discount… If any of this can be called reassuring, it’s the cold comfort of saying, “It’s only life, anyway.”
April 28, 2017

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