Hirokazu Kore-eda, one of Japan''s finest living filmmakers, has made a name for himself with his humanist thrillers. In 2018, Kore-edas'' film Shoplifters was nominated for the Best International Feature Oscar, with its colorful effects and performances spanning decades. Many of his films, however, are rather than teetering too far into depicting their situations. There''s a realism to his films that make them feel simultaneously raw and welcoming
This year, the filmmaker will reprise his film Broker. The film focuses on a predominantly Korean character and reunites Bae Doona, the star of his film Air Doll. The film will be a hit during the Academy Awards season. Here are seven essential films to get to know Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Ryota Nonomiya (Shogen Hwang) and his wife Midori have both decided to stay connected to the family after receiving a call from the hospital where her son was born. The fluidity of the family is a factor that Kore-eda has never experienced in many of his films.
Maborosi''s new mother, Maiko, is still struggling to cope with her husband''s tragic death. A few years ago, Yumiko finds her new coastal house in search of an answer to her husband''s death. However, the Kore-edas aesthetic is remarkable here because it is one that he never mastered in any of his films. However, the tender emotions and realistic character traits are also important to Kore-eda''s new films.
The film follows a tight-knit, low-income family in Tokyo who must opt for shoplifting to survive. The cast is fantastic, with particularly touching performances from Lily Franky and Kirin Kiki, who have also met the filmmaker.
The Truth (2019)
Kore-eda''s first film outside Japan, The Truth, has a wide spectrum of amazing actors, both in the story and by the plot. While the book and her acting are a more complex than any of Kore-edas other films, the truth gains its character through a complex process of friendships and memories that are being intertwined.
Nobody Knows (2004)
Nobody Knows is far from the best film in the world, but every minute of it feels earned. Based on the 1988 Sugamo child abandonment case, the film follows four children, each aged five to twelve years old, who are forced to live independently. Akira (Yuya Yagira) is the oldest son born in Australia, but at twelve years old, there is only so much he can do to provide his siblings with care each day. Every day, Akira meets new people in hopes of sustaining financial
Yagira went on to win the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, making the 14-year-old actor the youngest to ever achieve that at the time. Kore-eda developed a similar approach to directing the actors in order to realize the harsh realities of the siblings. He also used to cultivate a delicate balance between stoicism and childhood naivety.
After Life (2009)
The film, directed by Kore-eda, is unusual because it focuses on realistic premises and real human characters. Despite the fact that the movie has a large cast of actors, each one one has a heightened level of characterity that allows the film to be reimagined. The film''s realism is also enhanced as a benevolent purgatory.
Still Walking (2008)
Still Walking, a one of Kore-edas'' most deceptively simple films, takes place over a single day as the Yokoyama family commemorates his passing twelve years ago. After recently marrying a widow with a young son, Ryota and his family met his mother (Kirin Kiki) and father, who is a retired doctor, and relatives endure the hardships.
The film evokes a profound sense of hope as it points out that the family unit is an endless reserve of conflict and solace. However, although family squabbles threaten to ruin the occasion, family love prevails in the end. Still Walking is Kore-edas'' ultimate family story, which transcends the process''s personal trajectory and becomes a universal story of a complicated family.
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