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Like Father, Like Son
Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) is a successful Tokyo architect who works long hours to provide for his wife, Midori (Machiko Ono) and six-year-old son, Keita. But when a blood test reveals Keita and another baby were switched at birth, two very different families are thrown together and forced to make a difficult decision while Ryota confronts his own issues of responsibility and what it means to be a father. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON extends the Japanese cinema tradition of familial exploration to deliver a gentle and moving story of personal redemption that playfully navigates its way through the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you've seen any of Koreeda's previous films, and especially the wrenching children-alone saga Nobody Knows, it won't surprise you to learn that the observation of children in Like Father, Like Son is unfailingly acute ..."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"If you've seen Hirokazu Koreeda's films - Nobody Knows, Still Life, I Wish - then just the announcement that a new one, Like Father, Like Son, has arrived is all you need to know."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Navigates the emotional minefield with subtle, unhurried direction, weighing up both sides of the equation without casting judgement or providing clear-cut answers."
‑ Aaron Yap,
"It's a set-up that's the stuff of sensationalist headlines, but under Kore-eda's measured watch, it becomes a tender, thoughtful and moving look at the complex bonds that underpin families"
‑ Cara Nash, FILMINK (Australia)
"A heartfelt charmer from Director Kore-eda overcomes its contrived plot point"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Koreeda's film never feels gimmicky; he uses the situation to examine both nature and nurture while dealing with ties that simply can't be broken. "Like Father, Like Son" ponders the meaning of family."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A moving drama about parenthood from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"This is a profound and remarkable work, and like Still Walking, it reasserts Koreeda's place among the ranks of the world's greatest living directors."
‑ Nathan Southern, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Sensitively performed and directed, Like Father, Like Son is a series of acutely observed insights into its themes and its social setting, as well as a close study of human nature faced with some complex issues"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"A film of great nuance and substance that sucks you into its story without apparent effort."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Writer and director Hirokazu Koreeda does not pretend that there are easy answers in his film, which at times plays almost like a fable. But the emotions and heartbreak are always grounded in reality."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"A deeply affecting Japanese family tale from Hirokazu Kore-eda, renowned for his films about parents, children, blood bonds and loss."
‑ , Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The film's climax, built around the layout of a particular Tokyo location, resolves this motif in a simple, elegant and wholly satisfying way."
‑ Jake Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald
"A heartfelt drama in which bloodlines and nurturing come head to head when two babies are switched at birth"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Fukuyama succeeds at being unlikable but highly believable as an entitled jerk, but it's really the kids who give the movie its emotional edge because they could care less about genetics."
‑ Katherine Monk,
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