Family Values: Three Films by Hirokazu Kore-eda Blu Ray|
One of Japan's most internationally celebrated filmmakers working today, Hirokazu Kore-eda is feted by critics and audiences alike. His films often focus on family dynamics and recall the films of masters Yasujiro Ozu and Mikio Naruse. Collected here in a limited edition box set are some of his finest works. I Wish tells the story of a family literally separated as elder brother Koichi lives with his mother and grandparents, whilst younger Ryu lives with his deadbeat father. The boys hear a rumour that when two trains on the near completed Kyushu line pass each other a miracle will be granted and they hatch a plan to meet and bring their family back together. Like Father, Like Son finds two families in turmoil as they discover their six year old sons were swapped and they have been raising children who are not biologically their own. Worlds apart in many ways they question their roles and nature vs nurture. After the Storm once again focuses on a separated family; the father, Ryota, a struggling writer clutching at past glory is trying to reconnect with his family following the death of his father, causing him to evaluate his relationship with his son and his own role as a father. Featuring perfectly measured screenplays and astonishing, naturalistic performances, Kore-eda's films are moving portraits of family life that superbly demonstrate the fragility and profundity of familial bonds. LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS: Limited Edition boxset (2000 copies) High Definition transfers of all three films in this collection Original Uncompressed audio Optional English subtitles Newly filmed introductions to all three films by noted critics including Tony Rayns (more to be confirmed) Brand new career-spanning interviews with director Hirokazu Kore-eda looking in depth at all three films A visual essay on Kore-eda s films and style What Would Your Wish Be? a documentary on I Wish Interviews with the Like Father, Like Son cast Feature-length documentary on making of After the Storm Promotional featurettes Original trailers Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley More to be announced! 60-page Collector's book featuring new writing on all three filmsfrom£32.99 | RRP:
* Excludes Voucher Code Discount
- 19 February 2018
- Hirokazu Kore-eda
- Arrow Academy
- 361 minutes
Three films written and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. 'I Wish' (2011) follows two brothers living in different towns who are torn apart by their parents' divorce and dream of reuniting their family. Hearing that a new train line will soon link the two towns, Koichi (Koki Maeda) convinces himself that at the precise moment of both trains passing each other at top speed, his wish will come true. With the help of his friends and brother Ryunosuke (Ohshirô Maeda), Koichi sets out to realise his dream of uniting the family once more. In 'Like Father, Like Son' (2013) hard-working businessman Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) has found success both in his professional life and at home where he has a loving wife and a six-year-old son. When he receives the devastating news that the child he thought was his was actually accidentally switched with another baby when he was born, Ryoto has an almost impossible decision to make. As he begins to question his role as a father he must choose between the boy he has raised and the son he has never known. Finally, 'After the Storm' (2016) follows Shinoda Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a former writer now working for a private detective agency and struggling to move on with his life. When his wife Kyoko (Yôko Maki) leaves him and his father passes away, Shinoda develops a serious gambling addiction and is forbidden from seeing his son Shingo (Taiyô Yoshizawa) until he catches up on missed child support payments. However, with his life spiralling out of control, Shinoda is given an unexpected second chance to reconnect with his family when a typhoon forces him to stay over at his mother's house with his ex-wife and son.
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