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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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
"Completely realistic because it is in keeping with the reserved temperament of the culture."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"There are times when the script seems just too schematic - as if Kore-eda has decided that we should all sit still while he lays out the nature versus nurture debate. Then the small truths which enrich each scene take over."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Kore-eda uses a contrivance to explore real issues"
‑ Robert Denerstein, 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
"Powerful Japanese film about children switched at birth who challenge the love and hope of their rediscovered parents six years later. Beautiful and heartbreaking, from the masterful Hirokazu Koreeda."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Cultures collide oh so gently in Hirokazu Kore-eda's Like Father Like Son, a Japanese drama that examines its cavernous, local class divide thoughtfully and tenderly, much like Iran's A Separation before it."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"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,
"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
"Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda delivers a quiet, beautifully modulated, touching drama."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"The performances seem to me impeccable. Kore-eda is one of a host of Japanese filmmakers who never cease to enchant me."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"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
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