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2,060 Ratings

Like Father, Like Son

Soshite chichi ni naru

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan, 2013
Drama

Synopsis

Would you choose your natural son, or the son you believed was yours after spending 6 years together? One day Ryota and his wife get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not ‘their’ son… Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision.

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Like Father, Like Son Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Jury Prize

2013 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2013 | 2 wins including: Audience Award (Pearls)

São Paulo International Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Best Foreign Feature Film (Audience Award)

The director’s tender treatment of an otherwise high-concept setup makes this a uniquely powerful work.
January 18, 2019
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Koreeda explores not just the nature of parental love but of filial love, and as the painful alienated past of Ryota comes to light… It’s a testimony to Fukuyama’s acting skills that as pig-headedly alienating as the character can be, he never becomes a complete turn-off. That’s also a testimony to the way Koreeda presents the situation; while the perspective is never not clear-headed, the abject heartbreak of the scenario is ever present.
January 17, 2014
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Little Keita Ninomiya plays Keita with such tenderness, while Fukuyama makes Ryota harsh at first, and fills in each step of the man’s progress with precision. By the end, he’s earned sympathy, and "Like Father, Like Son’’ has earned its right to reduce a person to a sobbing wreck.
January 17, 2014
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