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Umi yori mo mada fukaku (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama | 21 May 2016 (Japan)
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After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife.

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Yôko Maki ...
Satomi Kobayashi ...
Chinatsu Nakashima
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Sôsuke Ikematsu ...
Yuri Nakamura
Kazuya Takahashi
Taiyô Yoshizawa ...
Shiraishi Shingo
Rie Minemura
Izumi Matsuoka
Kanji Furutachi
Daisuke Kuroda
Shôno Hayama ...
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Mickey Curtis
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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 Indiewire

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Después de la tormenta  »

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$27,880 (USA) (17 March 2017)

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$267,773 (USA) (7 July 2017)
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This is Hirokazu Kore-eda'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 »

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References A Late Quartet (2012) See more »

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String Quartet No. 14 In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131
Music composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Juilliard String Quartet
Licensed by Sony Music Entertainment
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A great look on family and the purpose of life
20 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

"After the Storm" is another great Hirokazu Koreeda movie. It is touching, it gives time to the characters and the plot to breathe and develop, and it gives food for thought. And all in a movie that doesn't try to over-complicate things.

Ryôta is a failure. He started as a writer, published a book that got an award, and married and had a child. However, nowadays he just believes he writes, he's divorced, with a non-existent relationship with his son. He also tries to steal money from his mother. On top of that, he uses his 'job' in a detective's agency to extort people and to stalk his ex-wife. And all the money he gets he loses on bets or pachinko.

What we get from here is Ryôta and his relationships with the people that surround him. And Koreeda does a great job in creating great moments from little moments. It helps that the plot keeps things straightforward but non-stop and that he has surrounded himself with great actors, from the always amazing Hiroshi Abe to funny and ironic Kirin Kiki. Just having the actors delivering the lines and their banter make for a great time. And it doesn't forget the more serious moments, as Ryôta's problems with gambling or his inability to deliver on the responsibilities and decisions he takes.

Totally worth checking out.


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