After the storm

After the storm

DVD - 2017 | Japanese
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Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son.
Publisher: 2016 ,
Australia : [2017] Rialto Distribution,
Branch Call Number: DVD AFTE
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 117 min.)
Alternative Title: Umi yori mo mada fukaku


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Jan 09, 2018

This is a slow-paced family drama about a divorced couple, their teenage son, and the ex-husband's mother and sister. I have a feeling the pace may be too slow for some. For me, I followed the story patiently as I was curious to know more about the characters, their merits and their flaws. A pretty good film if you are into dramas with no sex, violence and four-letter words. Very, very un-Hollywood like.

Jan 04, 2018

This is a good movie that takes it's time; it is both simple and complex. It's funny reading some of the reviews how different some people see the film from the way I do. I found the character of the writer to be sympathetic, and in many ways I thought he was accumulating life experience and wrapping up some unresolved relationships, so as to be able to continue his writing in the future. A very nuanced and moving film.

Nov 03, 2017

Slow movie about a young man who is unable to make something with his life. The movie makes you think how this type of person can also damage others close to him.

Oct 31, 2017

Fathers live on in sons while mothers abide in this beautifully realized slice of life from Hirokazu Koreeda. Never one for bombastic sermons, he uses gentle humour and some clever visual tropes to reflect on the joys, disappointments, and thousand little regrets that make up our lives: a tangerine tree the author planted as a child yields no fruit but it attracts the occasional butterfly; mother and child play a half-hearted board game of “Life” which goes downhill when dad tries to join; and windblown lottery tickets provide a wry metaphor. Serene and chockfull of poignant moments, "After the Storm" is not so much about living one’s dream but rather the importance of having one in the first place.

Oct 21, 2017

Ryota is a sad case and even more sadly, he knows it. he begs, borrows and steals; gambles his child support and rent money; spies on his ex-wife and spends his one day a month with his son pumping him for information on her new relationship, of which he is very jealous. can he change? he does have some charm and some self awareness.
good movie but not my Kore-eda favourite.

Aug 17, 2017

A gentle but flawed father examined his past regrets and future hopes during a stormy night with his son and divorced wife at his widowed mother's apartment. Not an unusual family drama but with an ensemble of gentle characters and humorous subplots to make this a delightful film to watch. Professional critic ratings:

3.5/4 Roger & Ebert
84% Metacritic
7.5/10 IMDb
96% Rotten Tomatoes


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Aug 31, 2017

Do you think that incense is your dad? Missing him after he's gone will not bring him back. You have to deal with people while they're alive.
-I know that.
I wonder why it is that men can't love the present. Either they just keep chasing whatever it is they've lost, or they keep dreaming beyond their reach. How can you enjoy life if you keep doing that?
-If you say so.
You can't find happiness, until you've let go of something. Deeper, even than the sea. Bluer, even than the sky... I've never loved anyone deeper than the sea, even though I've made it to this age.
-Don't sound so depressing.
Have you?
-Me? In my own way...
No, not most people. But we still live our lives, enjoying every day. Actually, we keep on living because we haven't... So, we manage to find joy, day after day.
-That's complex
No, it's simple. Life is simple

Aug 31, 2017

Subtitle to the ending song sung in Japanese:
What kind of future Was I dreaming of
So long To myself from yesterday
I look above and see
A vapor trail streaking by
Where should I go home to?
Maybe I haven't lost a thing at all
So long To myself from yesterday
I close my eyes and call out
I see your face from days long past
Hey, hey I still remember you
Hey, hey I'll never forget youI
thought I heard someone Call out my name
I turn around But you're not there
Hey, hey I still remember you
Hey, hey I'll never forget you
Hey, hey Even in times
When I couldn't believe in myself
You were the only one
Who believed in me
What kind of future Was I dreaming of
Hello again To myself of tomorrow
I won't be able to let myself go
So I'll take another step forward
Another step forward
Just one more step forward

Aug 31, 2017

You'll go senile, spending time alone.
-New friends at my age only mean more funerals.
But you know, it doesn't matter whether I've become what I wanted. What matters, is to live my life trying to become what I want to be.
*** on Opus 131 ? ***
Of all his music, Beethoven was most satisfied with this one. Upon hearing this composition, Schubert is said to have reflected, After this, what music can we write?
You're so calculating.
-No, it's called “planning your life.“
Well, it's not love.
-Grownups can't live on love alone.
Whatever happens, I'll never grown into a man like you.
-Listen, it's not that easy growing up to be the man you want to be.
Which is better? To have me bedridden for years and unable to die, or to have me die quickly but keep appearing in your dreams?
Oh, no, you have to choose. Which is it?

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