Saturday, July 12, 2014

Like Father, Like Son

High up in their residential tower, overlooking other Tokyo towers, Ryoto and Midorino are working purposefully towards planning their six year old's life. Until they realise that there was a mistake at the hospital 6 years ago and Keita was never their child. The hospital puts them in touch with the other family who has their 'real' child. Should they exchange? Why? Why not? But it did raise a few related questions that I should be mindful of in the future: nature vs nurture, blood vs emotion, piano classes vs loafing. 

Apparently dealing with parenting, family issues / misplaced, dead children seems to be director Hirokazu Kore-eda's speciality and does a decent job of tugging at your heart. Unfortunately, it is through a bunch of steroteypical characters and a plot that focusses on simplicity.

Rating: * * 

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