A once highly regarded writer named Ryota works sporadically at a detective agency and blows his money on gambling. At the moment, he is thinking about his former, short-lived fame. He botches several attempts to regain control of his life and get closer to his relatives: his mother, who bounced back rather quickly following the recent death of her carousing husband (and Ryota's father); his ex-wife, who is in the process of forming a new relationship with another man; and, above all, his young son, whose child support he has not been paying. During a storm one night, Ryota gets a chance to renew contact with his loved ones and explain everything that happened in the past that put distance between them. Drawing on personal memories and experiences, and with his characteristic lyrical realism and sensitivity toward his characters, Hirokazu Koreeda creates a subtle, nuanced portrait of a broken family whose members deal with this fact in different ways. With a great deal of warmth and wisdom, the film also tells us that, to regain balance in life following a storm, one has to settle accounts with the past fairly and calmly.
Hirokazu Koreeda was born in 1962 in Tokyo, where, in 1987, he graduated from Waseda University. After graduation, he joined TV Man Union, where he produced several films that captured awards at international documentary film festivals. He made his debut in 1995 with the film Maborosi, which premiered in the main competition at the Festival in Venice. After the Storm is his sixth film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Koreeda is also a producer who provides support for a promising young generation of Japanese filmmakers.
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
2015 Nasza młodsza siostra / Umimachi diary / Our Little Sister