Like Father, Like Son
Like Father, Like Son (2014)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 17, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2014
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sensitively written, smartly directed, and powerfully performed, Like Father, Like Son uses familiar-seeming elements to tell a thought-provoking story.

Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

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 ...

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A moving drama about parenthood from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda.

Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post

[Hirokazu Kore-eda] uses an attractive and talented cast to find a fresh take on a subject that has been mined by television movies and series ad infinitum.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

A deeply affecting Japanese family tale from Hirokazu Kore-eda, renowned for his films about parents, children, blood bonds and loss.

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Dan Jardine

Completely realistic because it is in keeping with the reserved temperament of the culture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
The ending is left to the viewers interpretation, which is the only disappointing part of this movie. The subject matter didn't especially appeal to me,… More
Greg S
A Japanese couple discovers that the boy they have been raising as their son was actually switched at birth with a child from a poorer family. Well-made and… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Koreeda brings a great deal of his usual delicacy and sensibility to a story that doesn't offer easy answers, even if - given the complex nature of the… More
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'Like Father, Like Son'. The ramifications of an impossibly complex situation explored delicately. Many beautiful, heartbreaking moments. The… More
Pierluigi Puccini
A delicate and introspective drawing of parenthood. Its gentle pace immerses us in the quotidian and thorny duty of raising children, and despite the misfortune… More
Walter M.
In "Like Father, Like Son," everything is going well for Ryota(Masaharu Fukuyama) and Midori Nonomiya(Machiko Ono), what with all of his promotions… More