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After The Storm (In Translation Series)

  • Starring: Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Satomi Kobayashi
  • Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Language: Japanese w/ English Subtitles
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 117 min.

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note.

Original Title: Umi yori mo mada fukaku
Film Synopsis: Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

"The performances are brilliant throughout the ensemble and the script is full of great one-liners. After the Storm is undoubtedly one of Kore-eda's best. "
- John Bleasdale,
"[E]ven long-standing fans of the Japanese filmmaker might be taken aback by the supreme subtlety of his latest, achingly beautiful ode to the quiet complexities of family life. "
- Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph
"[A] classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity.... [T]he filmmaking is so exquisite and the acting so calibrated it sticks with you."
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"Talk of accepting truths and moving on will knot your stomach; inevitably, you’ll reflect on your own station in life and weigh whether or not you feel like Ryota, who tells his son, “I’m not who I want to be yet.” And isn’t such evocation the point of all art? With this measure in mind, Kore-eda has created a masterpiece. "
- Tricia Olszewski, TheWrap
"I walked out of After the Storm wanting to be a better person — and further convinced that Hirokazu Kore-eda isn't just one of the world's best filmmakers, but one of its most indispensable artists. "
- Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
"Hirokazu Kore-eda may only make good movies, but After the Storm is one of his best. "
- David Ehrlich, indieWire
"Kore-eda’s insight is so unflinching, his affection for his characters so intimate and sure, that not a moment here feels wasted. "
- Tom Huddleston, Time Out London