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After the Storm

Hirokazu Kore-eda
Umi yori mo mada fukaku
Japan 2016 / 117’

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.

Katarzyna Wolanin

Hirokazu Kore-eda

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.

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

2015 Nasza młodsza siostra / Umimachi diary / Our Little Sister

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Cast & Crew

director Hirokazu Kore-eda
screenplay Hirokazu Kore-eda
cinematography Yutaka Yamazaki
editing Hirokazu Kore-eda
music Hanaregumi
cast Hiroshi Abe, Taiyo Yoshizawa, Yoko Maki, Kilin Kiki
producer Takashi Ishihara, Kazumi Kawashiro, Tsugihiko Fujiwara, Yoda Tom
production AOI PRO. Inc.
sales Wild Bunch
language Japanese
colouration colour