Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Twelve-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, hears a rumor that the new bullet trains will precipitate a wish-granting miracle when they pass each other at top speed.
Valeria is 17 and pregnant. She lives in Puerto Vallarta with Clara, her half sister. Valeria has not wanted her long-absent mother, April, to find out about her pregnancy, but due to the ... See full summary »
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Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again. Written by
This is Hirokazu Koreeda's second film whose title is taken from a pop song lyric. The original Japanese title "Umi yori mo mada fukaku" ("Even deeper than the sea") is a line from Teresa Teng's Kayokyoku (Japanese oldie pop) song "Wakare no yokan," which is heard diegetically in the film. The title of Still Walking (2008), Koreeda's earlier film, is also taken from a lyric in the Kayokyoku song "Blue Light Yokohama". See more »
I had high hopes for this movie but found it very lackluster and slow.
While the promotional information about the movie sets out the background for the story, it never really got off the ground. The start and bulk of the storytelling is focused on the Ryôta, the Father at the center of the story. The pace of the story telling is very slow and really goes in to a lot of minuscule and non-necessary detail and scenes that are not really relevant to the overall story.
While there were some humorous dialogue and lines, the delivery of these and the timing from the actors was not that great.
I really struggled to find something positive to say about this movie but I kept being let down as the movie progressed. While I understood the story that was trying to be told, I just felt it left you wanting and empty.
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