After the Storm (2016)

  • 2016
  • Spotlight on Hirokazu Koreeda, ACMI encore
  • 1h 57m

In Hirokazu Kore-eda’s wry, poignant family drama, a writer tries to reconnect with his ex-wife in an emotionally clumsy if ultimately heartfelt attempt to prove his worth to his son.

Hiroshi Abe – who also appeared in Kore-eda’s sublime 2008 film, Still Walking – is Shinoda Ryôta, an inveterate late bloomer still resting on his laurels fifteen years after the publication of his first – and only – novel. In the wake of his father’s death, Ryôta tries to reconnect with his ex-wife in an emotionally clumsy if ultimately heartfelt attempt to prove his worth to his son, Shingo. When a typhoon forces the three of them to spend the night at his mother’s apartment, it offers a rare chance for an attempted reconciliation.

Kore-eda regular, Kirin Kiki (Our Little Sister, Shoplifters, Sweet Bean) steals plenty of scenes as the impish Yoshiko, Ryôta’s forgiving and generous-spirited mother. After the Storm premiered in Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

After the Storm plays as an encore on Cinema 3 after screening in ACMI’s Matinees program in 2019.

Director

Hirokazu Koreeda

Language

Japanese

Subtitles

English

Country

Japan

Studio

Rialto Distribution

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