Always gentle, always composed, the films of Hirokazu Kore-eda also register quiet devastation, often within the family. The stirring _ the earthquake, even _ usually happens beneath the surface of calm. Two years ago he gave us I Wish, a story about children of divorced parents, and before that, the sublime Still Walking, about a family wound that members prefer not to discuss. And, of course, Kore-eda's biggest hit in Bangkok was in 2003 with Nobody Knows, a painfully moving story of children left to fend for themselves after their mother walked out on them. That film packed Scala for more than a month.
Starring Fukuyama Masaharu, Ono Machiko, Ninomiya Keita, Franky Lily, Maki Yoko, Shogen Hwang. In Japanese with subtitles at Lido and House.
Like Father, Like Son, released on Father's Day on Thursday, continues and enriches his trope. A baby-switching tale, Kore-eda's new film again finds the delicate balance between sentimentality and unspoken nightmare.
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