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After the Storm (2017)After the Storm (2017)

After the Storm (2017)

A calm Japanese family drama about a father trying to win his family back.

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

9.1

movie

Japan

Japanese

Emotional, Heart-warming, Slice-of-Life

2016

Hirokazu Kore-eda, Hirokazu Koreeda

Aju Makita, Daisuke Kuroda, Hiroshi Abe

117 min

Synopsis

Ryota is an unpopular writer although he won a literary award 15 years ago. Now, Ryota works as a private detective. He is divorced from his ex-wife Kyoko and he has an 11-year-old son Shingo. His mother Yoshiko lives alone at her apartment. One day, Ryota, his ex-wife Kyoko, and son Shingo gather at Yoshiko's apartment. A typhoon passes and the family must stay there all night long.

Our Take

9.1
Bilal Zouheir

There are many movies by the much-celebrated Japanese auteur director Hirokazu Koreeda on A Good Movie to Watch. Why? Because, like all the movies we showcase here, his work is often little-known, but unbelievably good. After the Storm is no different. Much like his other works, notably Like Father, Like Son, Shoplifters, and Nobody Knows, it deals with the topic of family dynamics, regret, and disappointment. But his movies are never dramatic downers but delicate dioramas, understated in tone. Once a successful writer, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) is now a private detective who spends the little money he makes on gambling instead of paying child support. His ex-wife and son are increasingly alienated by his behavior until one day, during a storm, they all find themselves trapped in Ryota’s childhood home. Subtly touching on notions of inter-generational bond and tension –⁠ Koreeda’s works are mesmerizing and stick with you long after you’ve finished watching.

Comments

T
thenightfury

yeah i too loved the song in the ending. a real good movie indeed

P
priyank

Loved it, it was heart-wrenching. I particularly loved the song in the ending, Shin-kokyu.

S
sujanthereaper

A drama that touches your heart and fell compassionate for the characters. Especially the grandma with all her positive attitude. The story revolves around when the lead actor is struggling with his life. What to do next. What is right for him.

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