Still walking

Still walking

Aruitemo Aruitemo

DVD - 2011 | Japanese
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Fashioned as a tribute to his parents, the film depicts one day in the life of the Yokoyamas, gathered together for a celebratory ritual that only gradually makes itself clear. Rather than focus on big dramatic moments, Kore-eda relies on simple gestures and domestic routines (especially cooking) to evoke a family's entire life, its deep regrets and its daily joys.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2011
Edition: Director approved special ed
ISBN: 9781604653830
Branch Call Number: DVD F STI Japanese
Alternative Title: Aruitemo Aruitemo


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Apr 24, 2019

Inspired by his mother's death, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's film is a touching, subtle, and deeply moving story of a family dealing with grief over the course of a day. His most recent film is the acclaimed "Shoplifters."

Feb 09, 2018

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda (是枝 裕和) in 2008, this Japanese drama depicts a portrait of a family over roughly 24 hours as they commemorate the death of the eldest son.
Although the background and ambience of this film appear quite different from those of "Tokyo Story" directed by Yasujirō Ozu (小津 安二郎), both films seem alike in terms of a geltle naturalism and family portrayal.
Even without big actions and great events, this film depicts deep regrets and daily joys with vivid and heartrending performances of the major actors.

Dec 02, 2017

A family drama with soft waves and without sentimentality. Familiar in any culture. The acting is as good as the directing. Nice scenery, interesting domestic scenes.

Jun 05, 2017

Koreeda is a master at family dramas and this is one of them. Ne'er-do-well son and his new wife and her young son come home to his parents' home to commemorate the anniversary of his older brother's death. In a quiet way, the various relationships between family members and their flaws and strengths are revealed.

Feb 06, 2016

Koreeda is thought to be the heir to Ozu's tradition of family drama. He considers himself to be more in the lineage of Naruse. Be that as it may, his movies manage to balance quintessential Japanese sensibilities and aesthetics, with universal themes of the human condition. Absolutely worth watching if you like the directors from the golden age of Japanese movies. All his movies to date (that are available in the US) are quite good. This movie, in particular, is a great introduction to his oeuvre.

Jan 27, 2016

Seemingly uneventful, but once the main focus of the movie is realized all pieces fall into place. There are no emotional outbursts but the movie is no less emotional.

Feb 03, 2015

A quiet film. Well-executed evocative realism. Beautifully understated cinematography.

Jan 09, 2015

Depicts in a very subtle manner how people deal with their feelings. Realistic yet beautifully shown. It also does justice to the rich variety of characters, typical in real life where everybody has their own unique personality.

Dec 27, 2014

It’s been 15 years since their eldest son died trying to save a drowning boy and the elderly Yokoyamas are preparing for the annual family reunion which marks the occasion. When the two surviving children arrive with their spouses and children in tow everything seems to be in order, but as the night wears on we begin to see that all is not as tranquil as it appears. This modest little masterpiece has been compared to the works of Ozu, and rightfully so. Hirokazu deftly reveals the small joys and petty tyrannies inherent in all families yet his touch remains as light as a butterfly’s wings, never preaching and never resorting to cheap theatrics. His characters are wholly human and therefore vulnerable, possessing both the capacity to love and the ability to hurt. This duality is expertly brought out in the clever dialogue where even the simplest statement can contain a hidden barb or an unexpected tenderness. All the trademark elements of Ozu are here; distant trains, curls of smoke, tombstones, sunlit gardens...yet this is not a simple imitation of style. Hirokazu has a deep awareness of the tenuous forces at work within families...the little regrets and compromises, the resentments and longings and, ultimately, the love that underlies it all. He may have borrowed some of the master’s tricks, but his vision is uniquely his own. Excellent!

Sep 12, 2014

Excellent...A must watch. Very intriguing film, to say the least. Quite emotional as well. Great acting and great direction. Also, exquisite imagery and cinematography. Will not disappoint!!!!

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