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Like Father, Like Son

Kore-eda Hirokazu
Soshite chichi ni naru
Japan 2013 / 120’

Like Father, Like Son, a topic straight out of headlines, penetrates this subtle film that represents a reflection on fatherhood. The Nonomiya family discovers that for six years they have been raising a child that does not belong to them – their son was switched with another boy at the hospital. Quickly locating the other family, the matter is soon brought to court. Decisions fall, but the dilemmas and emotional turmoil remain. Each parent feels connected to the child whom they have raised for years and at the same time feels the need to care for the family’s true offspring. By gradually familiarising the children with their new surroundings, the families begin the process of exchanging children, but the more order they introduce into their lives, the more chaos they feel in heart and mind.

Urszula Lipińska


Cannes IFF 2013 – Jury Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention

Kore-eda Hirokazu

Hirokazu Kore-eda was born in 1962 in Tokyo, where he graduated in 1987 from Waseda University. He then joined the TV Man Union, where he produced a few documentary films, which were all awarded at international festivals. His film debut came in 1995 with Maboroshi no hikari, based on a story by Miyamoto Teru, which premiered as part of the main competition of the Venice festival. Like Father, Like Son is the fourth work by this creator to be presented at the Cannes Film Festival. In addition to direction, Kore-eda also produces and supports promising Japanese filmmakers of the young generation.

Selected filmography

2001 Distance

2004 Nikt nie wie / Dare mo shiranai / Nobody Knows

2006 Hana yorima Naho / Hana

2008 Ciągle na chodzie / Aruitemo Aruitemo / Still Walking

2009 Dmuchana lala / Kuuku Ningyo / Air Doll

2011 Życzenie / Kiseki / I Wish

2013 Jak ojciec i syn / Soshite chichi ni naru / Like Father, Like Son

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

Cast & Crew

director Kore-eda Hirokazu
screenplay Kore-eda Hirokazu
cinematography Takimoto Mikiya
editing Kore-eda Hirokazu
sound Tsurumaki Yutaka
cast Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Lily Franky, Jun Fubuki
producer Tatsuro Hatanaka, Chihiro Kamegama, Tom Yoda
production Film, Inc., Fuji Television Network, Inc., Amuse, Inc., Gaga Corporation
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language Japanese
colouration colour