Like Father, Like Son

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Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

Summary: The "switched at birth" urban legend and the Nature vs. Nurture debate provide Hirokazu Kore-eda with a fresh opportunity to revisit his ongoing preoccupation with family dynamics and parent-child relationships in contemporary Japan. The life of go-getting workaholic architect Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama)—one of comfort and quietly ordered affluence with his wife Midori (Ono Machiko) and son Keita (Keita Ninomiya)—is violently overturned when hospital administrators reveal the unthinkable: Keita is not his biological son. Due to a mistake made by a negligent nurse, his "true" son has been raised in the dishevelled but warm-hearted home of working-class shopkeeper Yudai (Lily Franky) and his wife (Yôko Maki). The different approaches of both couples to their excruciating dilemma and the gradual emotional awakening of the all-too-rational Ryota are at the core of this sensitive drama of family feeling, which showcases Kore-eda’s rich sense of humanity. [IFC Films]
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Runtime: 121 min
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Production: TV Man Union
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Director Credit
Hirokazu Koreeda Director
Writer Credit
Hirokazu Koreeda Screenplay
Principal Cast Credit
Lily Franky Yudai Saiki
Machiko Ono Midori Nonomiya
Masaharu Fukuyama Ryota Nonomiya
Yoko Maki Yukari Saiki
Cast Credit
Arata Cast
Hiroshi Ôkôchi Cast
Isao Natsuyagi Ryosuke Nonomiya
Jun Fubuki Nobuko Nonomiya
Jun Kunimura Kazushi Kamiyama
Kazuya Takahashi Cast
Keita Ninomiya Keita Nonomiya
Kirin Kiki Riko Ishizeki
Lily Franky Yudai Saiki
Machiko Ono Midori Nonomiya
Masaharu Fukuyama Ryota Nonomiya
Megumi Morisaki Cast
Sh Ryusei Saiki
Yoko Maki Yukari Saiki
Yuri Nakamura Cast
Producer Credit
Chihiro Kameyama Executive Producer
Hijiri Taguchi Producer
Kaoru Matsuzaki Producer
Tatsuro Hatanaka Executive Producer
Tom Yoda Executive Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: