Sunday, February 23 2014, 12:36 PM MST
Movie Review: Like Father, Like Son
4 out of 5 Stars
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki
Recommended To: Fans of contemporary Japanese drama.
When Ryota and Midori Nonomiya learn that their six-year-old biological
son was switched at birth with another child they must decide if blood
is more important than familiarity.
Review: Like Father, Like Son
explores a variety of parenting themes. The most obvious is ‘nature’
versus ‘nurture.’ What is it that makes a man a father? Is it blood or
sweat? The film also explores different kinds of parenting. The Nonomiya
family is upper class, rigid, structured and goal driven. The Saiki
family, who have been raising their biological son, are simple, free
spirited people. While the polar opposite nature of the families could
be easily turned into a slapstick comedic affair director/writer
Hirokazu Koreeda (Still Walking, Nobody Knows) keeps
things firmly grounded in realism. Not that you’ll find yourself bored
as the excellent performances and the humorous moments sprinkled
throughout keep Like Father, Like Son from becoming a purely intellectual experience.
-Ryan Michael Painter