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After the Storm

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God this movie is good, in the best way a Japanese movie can be good. It’s quiet, but so well-crafted and smart. So damn smart. It’s directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, who has in the past made Like Father, Like Son and Nobody Knows (a big winner at Cannes the year it came out). Like most of Koreeda’s movies After the Storm is addresses family dynamics. Once a successful writer, Ryota is now a private detective who spends the little money he makes on gambling instead of paying child support. This further alienates his ex-wife and son, until one day, during a storm, they all find themselves trapped in Ryota’s mother’s house. Subtly touching on notions of inter-generational bond and tension – this is the kind of movie of which you’ll remember flashes long after you watch it.