Like Father, Like Son

Japan, 2013г., 120 min


Hirokazu Kore-eda

Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life and living 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". In the meanwhile, seeing Midori’s devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet caring family who raised his blood son for the last six years, Ryota also starts to question himself: has he really been a "father" all these years...

2013: Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival
Hirokazu Kore-eda - 1

Hirokazu Kore-eda

Born in 1962 in Tokyo. After graduating from Waseda University in 1987 he directed several prize-winning documentaries. In 1995, his directorial debut “Maboroshi” won the 52nd Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Osella Prize. “After Life” (1999), distributed in over 30 countries, brought Kore-eda international acclaim. In 2011, “I Wish” won the Best Screenplay Award at the 59th San Sebastian International Film Festival and last April was presented at The Japanese Cinema week in Minsk.

Selected filmography

2013 Like Father, Like Son  (Soshite chichi ni naru)

2011 I Wish (Kiseki) 

2009 Air Doll (Kûki ningyô)

2004 Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)

2001 Distance

1998 After Life  (Wandâfuru raifu)

1995 Maboroshi no hikari