Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

  • Nonomiya Ryota
  • Nomiya Midorino
  • Saiki Yukari
  • Saiki Yudai
  • Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Matsuzaki Kaoru
  • Taguchi Hijiri
  • Sundance Selects

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Like Father, Like Son (2013)

Opened: 01/17/2014 Limited

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Genre: Japanese Drama (Japanese w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


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", "Still Walking" and "I Wish", 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...

Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life 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.' Seeing Midori's devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet caring family that has raised his natural 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.

Director's Statement

At what point does a father truly become a father?

Being one myself, this is a compelling and unanswered question I have. When my daughter was born five years ago, my wife appeared to transform instantly into a mother. While I imagine that not all women go through such metamorphoses, looking at my wife nursing my child with my being a father yet to sink in, I felt happy at the arrival of a newborn baby, but also somewhat estranged.

Five years later, I often find myself being told by friends that my daughter looks so much like me as we walk through the park. Comparing facial features like our eyes and mouths, I do feel my DNA has left a mark on her.

Is it, then, the realization of shared blood that makes a man into a father? Or is it the time father and child spend together? Could it be that my tenuous acceptance of myself as a father comes from not having spent enough time with my child? Is it blood or is it time? I began to think that this personal quandary could be the theme of a movie.

That was the beginning of this film "Like Father, Like Son".

All of my quandaries and questions and, indeed, regrets - this is the first time I have poured these emotions so candidly into the protagonist of a film.

The film is now completed and done. But as for the protagonist and me - our questions remain.

-- Hirokazu Koreeda, Director