• Still Walking (2009)

Still Walking

Release Date: August 28th, 2009

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

Twelve years after their beloved eldest son, Junpei, drowned while saving a stranger's life, Kyohei (Yoshio Harada) and Toshiko (Kirin Kiki) welcome their surviving children home for a family reunion. Younger son Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) still feels that his parents resent that he isn't the one who died; his new wife, Yukari (Yui Natsukawa), is awkwardly meeting the rest of the family for the first time. Daughter Chinami (You) strains to fill the uncomfortable pauses with forced cheer.

Cast: Hiroshi Abe, You , Yoshio Harada, Ryôga Hayashi, Haruko Kato, Kirin Kiki, Yui Natsukawa, Hotaru Nomoto

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Mother, Wife, Son, 2000s, Death, Dark, Emotional, Father, Transformation, Daughter

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Kore-eda listens to his characters' inner thoughts with the attentiveness of a piano tuner, and reveals them with the lightest inferences. show more

  • 90
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    Quite aside from Shinto transformation parables or Buddhist reincarnation teachings, the final scene shows how family wisdom is conserved and recycled. It's a moment that might elicit a smile or a tear, or perhaps both. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Painful family issues are more likely to stay beneath the surface, known to everyone but not spoken of. Still Walking, a magnificent new film from Japan, is very wise about that, and very true. show more

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