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After the Storm

In this family drama from Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda, a rainstorm forces a struggling novelist (Hiroshi Abe) to reconnect with his recently widowed mother (Kirin Kiki), estranged wife (Yoko Maki), and young son at the matriarch's home. The novelist works as a private investigator, surveilling and blackmailing people, and steals from his mother to feed a gambling addiction, yet he adores his son and re-creates with him the childhood pastimes he and his father once shared. Kore-ada has explored the father-son dynamic in his previous work, most notably Still Walking (2008) and Like Father, Like Son (2013), and brings a gentle, humanist approach to the material. The film was shot in and around a low-rent housing compound in Kiyosi, where Kore-eda grew up, and there's a palpable sense of connection to it. There's also a surprising chemistry between the mother and the wife, who are bound by their common love for an impossible man. In Japanese with subtitles.



  • Hirokazu Kore-eda


  • Hiroshi Abe
  • Yôko Maki
  • Kirin Kiki
  • Taiyô Yoshizawa

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