Like Father, Like Son



Date: March 2, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre

Cost: $7/each

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2013 (Not Rated) 121 min. Japan/subtitles
Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Cast: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Rirî Furankî


Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON is a thoughtful, heartfelt story about the bonds of family. Two couples with 6-year-old sons learn the shocking news that their sons were switched at the hospital. Both families are faced with the dilemma of whether to keep their respective children or swap them. What is more important—blood or affection, nature or nurture? Ryota, handsome and successful, is a driven architect who spends little time with his wife and son, although he provides all the best for them. In contrast, financially struggling Yudai is a slovenly shopkeeper whose motto is “Put off until tomorrow everything you can,” but who spends more time with his family, which includes additional siblings. The two families arrange gatherings for their children to mingle, and begin a trial system of exchanging the boys on weekends, but all does not go smoothly. The children are delightful, and the storytelling subtle and moving, seasoned with wit and warmth. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON extends the Japanese tradition of familial exploration to deliver a gentle and moving story of personal redemption.

“A tender poem about the ebb and flow of paternal love.” – Robbie Collin, THE TELEGRAPH

“Sublimely moving.” – Maggie Lee, VARIETY

“Hirokazu has crafted a warm and lovely film that suggests the easiest thing about raising a child is embracing how complicated it can be.”
– Kevin Jagernauth, THE PLAYLIST

“Powered by Kore-Eda’s innate restraint and natural empathy, LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON takes these characters to places they never expected to be. It’s unnerving for them, of course, but watching so many hearts hanging in the balance is a rare privilege for us.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES