Like Father, Like Son: Highlight of Cannes Fest 2013

The new film from Japanese master Kor-eda Hirokazu, Like Father, Like Son, which he co-wrote and directed, was a highlight of the competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Fest.

The story centers on Ryota (Fukuyama Masaharu), a driven and successful Tokyo architect who works such long hours that he has little time to spend with his wife, Midori (Ono Machiko), and six-year-old son, Keita. When a blood test reveals Keita and another baby were switched at birth, two very different families are thrown together and forced to make a difficult decision while Ryota confronts his own issues of responsibility and what it means to be a father.

Like Father, Like Son draws on the rich Japanese cinema tradition of familial exploration, in the works of Ozu and others, delivering a gentle and moving story of personal redemption.

A regular presence at the Cannes Film Fest, Kore-eda showed there After Life, Nobody Knows, Still Walking.

Like Father, Like Son won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.  It remains to be seen what kind of family film DreamWorks, which has  optioned the remake rights, will make, though as particular as the story is, it also has some universal themes and issues. that can cross cultural and linguistic barriers.