Past Event16 Jul - 21 Jul 2016

After the Storm

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The Civic


This characteristically worldly, affectionate and wryly amusing family drama was this year’s Cannes entry from NZIFF’s favourite Japanese director, Kore-eda Hirokazu. It centres on handsome, charming Ryoto (Abe Hiroshi), a formerly successful novelist who pines for his ex-wife, the pretty Kyoko (Maki Yoko) and his 12-year-old son Shingo (TV actor Yoshizawa Taiyo). Working as a private detective to support a serious gambling habit, he seems an unlikely prospect for re-marriage, but when they are stranded together at his mother’s home during a typhoon, he sees a chance to reunite.

"A young divorced dad tries to get back into the good graces of his ex-wife and son in After the Storm, a classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity from Kore-eda Hirokazu. As sweet as a ripe cherry at first glance, it has a rocky pit, as viewers who bite deeply will find out... This bittersweet peek into the human comedy has a more subtle charm than flashier films like the director’s child-swapping fable Like Father, Like Son [NZIFF13] but the filmmaking is so exquisite and the acting so calibrated it sticks with you." Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

After the Storm

Umi yori mo mada fukaku
Japan 2016 
117 mins
In Japanese with English subtitles

Director/Screenplay/Editor: Kore-eda Hirokazu

Producers: Matsuzaki Kaoru, Yose Akihiko, Taguchi Hijiri

Photography: Yamazaki Yutaka, Oshita Eiji

Production designer: Mitsumatsu Keiko

Costume designer: Kurosawa Kazuko

Music: Hanaregumi

With: Abe Hiroshi (Shinoda Ryota), Maki Yoko (Shiraishi Kyoko), Yoshizawa Taiyo (Shiraishi Shingo), Kiki Kirin (Shinoda Yoshiko)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2016

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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