Still walking

Still walking

DVD - 2010 | 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: [Place of publication not identified] : Criterion Collection, 2010
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781604653830
Branch Call Number: JAPANESE ENGLISH STI
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 114 minutes)
Alternative Title: Aruitemo Aruitemo

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pokano
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.

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LaVieQ
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.

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yumsushi
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.

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info_crush
Feb 03, 2015

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

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fanofai
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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id7tXouypEE

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Nursebob
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!

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midnight_fleur28
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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matrixy
Mar 18, 2014

director hirokazu kore-eda for additional titles

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 18, 2012

Some compared this modern-day family drama with Ozu's Tokyo Story some 50 years ago, but shouldn't. Although the theme is similar - love, respect and disrepect, and conflict between members of a family across three generations - the approach is different and the characters are a bit more diversified.

An exceptionally well done family drama which defies cultural boundaries. Take your time and enjoy it.

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jimg2000
Mar 14, 2011

Take awhile to reveal the central story of the movie. Good portrayal of japanese interaction between the retired grandparents and the families of their children.

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Sep 12, 2014

midnight_fleur28 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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