Japanese Currents 2013: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Like Father, Like Son

Winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, acclaimed auteur Kore-eda’s (STILL WALKING, AFTER LIFE) latest drama centers on the seemingly perfect Nonomiya family. Ryota, a successful, workaholic architect, lives in a Tokyo high-rise with doting wife Midori and young son Keita, who plays the piano and is interviewing for admission into a top-notch grade school. Then a call from the hospital where Keita was born informs them of an unfortunate switch that day six years ago—Keita is not their biological son. He belongs to the Saiki family, who lead a carefree, unpretentious existence in the back rooms of their suburban store and who have raised the Nonomiyas’ son Ryusei as their own. Ryota, himself raised by a woman not his mother, must decide: what constitutes fatherhood, and who is his true son? “Sublimely moving.”—Variety. (120 mins.)

Special thanks to the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, with additional support from Sapporo USA, the Japan America Society of Oregon, and the Consular Office of Japan in Portland.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON screens Friday, December 6 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) as part of the 2013 edition of our annual Japanese Currents series.

Tickets are available here or at the door.

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