After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)(2016)
After the death of his father, a private detective with a punishing gambling habit attempts to reconnect with his mother, ex-wife and, most crucially, his young son in this Japanese drama from the director of the sublime Our Little Sister. ... More
Ryoto (Abe Hiroshi) used to be a novelist, but now he's a private detective scraping together the cash to fund his gambling habit, never mind child support. Stranded at his family home during a storm, Ryoto attempts to make amends with his ex-wife and son in this bittersweet tale that screened in the Un Certain Regard programme at Cannes Film Festival 2016.Hide
YOUR RATING & REVIEWWATCHLIST
BY Liam Maguren Flicks Writer
Whether he’s following a father trying to connect with his parents years after losing his brother (Still Walking) or a child looking to make sense of his mother and father’s recent divorce (I Wish), you can’t deny Kore-eda Hirokazu’s skill at unpicking family mechanics. But the warmth he usually brings to his films evaporates a bit with After the Storm, which follows a divorced father with a bad gambling and a toxic cling to his glory days as a proven author. The film mines a good about of subtle comedy from how much of a loser he is (the great Kirin Kiki gets the most digs as his hard-case mother), but he’s not an easy person to sympathise over.
[Mini-Review From The 2016 NZIFF]