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Review: Like Father, Like Son

Review: Like Father, Like Son

| On 23, Nov 2013

Have you ever wondered what you’d do if you found out your 6-year-old son was switched at childbirth?

In Hirokaza Koreeda’s film Like Father, Like Son, Ryota Nonomiya (Masaharu Fukuyama) comes to realise his son Keita had been swapped with one of the only three male babies at a country based hospital 6 years ago.

Considering Ryota’s drive for money and success, the strategies he comes up with aren’t necessarily sound in regards to morality.

After meeting the Nonomiya’s biological son, Ryota has to understand whether blood or bond is more important.

The audience follows Ryota’s journey as he begins to learn what it means to be a father.

Koreeda’s Like Father, Like Son won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes, and it’s clear why it has done so.

The film asks all the right questions and explores potential answers from Ryota’s unique perspective on the situation.

With beautiful cinematography, a perfect pace and the correct amount of laughter, Like Father, Like Son reminds us what to expect from this year’s Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF).

If you’re interested in viewing Like Father, Like Son, BIFF has one last session.

The Details

What: Like Father, Like Son

When: Saturday 23 November, 6:30pm

Where: Palace Centro 1

Price: $18

More details: www.biff.com.au

Review Overview

Story and pace
8
Cinematography
7.5
Performance
8
7.8

Enjoyable

Great story, broken up at the right moments with small jokes and heartbreaking scenes.