Would you choose your natural son, or the son you believed was yours after spending 6 years together? Kore-eda Hirokazu, the globally acclaimed director of “Nobody Knows” (2004), “Still Walking” (2008) and “I Wish” (2011), returns to the big screen with another family - a family thrown into torment after a phone call from the hospital where the son was born…
28 October 2013 (Monday), 9pm
Golden Village VivoCity 1 Harbourfront Walk VivoCity, Levels 2 & 3, Singapore 098585
Tel: 6311 9162
Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel membership card. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (SOSHITE CHICHI NI NARU)
Written, Directed & Edited by Koreeda Hirokazu
Cast: Fukuyama Masaharu, Ono Machiko, Yoko Maki, Kiki Kilin
Duration: 120 minutes
Synopsis: Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life and living as a winner. Then one day, he and his wife, Midori, get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not their son - the hospital gave them the wrong baby.
Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between "nature" and "nurture". In the meanwhile, seeing Midori’s devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet caring family who raised his blood son for the last six years, Ryota also starts to question himself: has he really been a "father" all these years...The moving story of a man who finally faces himself when he encounters an unexpected wall for the first time in his life.
About Koreeda Hirokazu
Born 1962 in Tokyo. After graduating from Waseda University in 1987, Kore-eda joined TV Man Union where he directed several prize-winning documentary programs.
In 1995, his directorial debut “Maborosi,” based on the original novel written by Miyamoto Teru, won the 52nd Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Osella Prize. “After Life” (1999), distributed in over 30 countries, brought Kore-eda international acclaim. In 2001, “Distance” was selected In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and with his fourth work “Nobody Knows” (2004), Yagira Yuya garnered much attention for becoming the youngest person to ever receive the Cannes International Film Festival’s Best Actor Award. In 2006, “Hana,” a film centered on vengeance, became his first attempt at a period piece.In 2008, he presented the family drama “Still Walking,” which reflected his own personal experiences, received high appraisals from around the world. In 2009, “Air Doll” was world premiered at Un Certain Regard of the 62nd Cannes International Film Festival and was widely-praised for marking a new frontier in its depiction of a sensual love fantasy. In 2011, “I Wish”won the Best Screenplay Award at the 59th San Sebastian International Film Festival.
He has also produced films for young Japanese directors. “Kakuto,” directed by Iseya Yusuke, was premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2003. “Wild Berries” (2003) was written and directed by Nishikawa Miwa who later had her second feature “Sway” premiered at the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes in 2006. “Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salesman” (2011) by Sunada Mami brought tears to the audience around world.