Like Father, Like Son – NZ Film Festival Screening – JETAA Auckland Event

Like Father, Like Son

Come and join JETAA Auckland for the New Zealand International Film Festival screening of Kore-eda Hirokazu’s latest movie Like Father, Like Son and see it before its release in Japan.  (We watched I Wish by the same director last year.)  A concession price may available for this if we get enough people so secure your spot today. 

What:              NZ Film Festival Screening of Like Father, Like Son

When:              Sunday 4 August 2013 @ 1.00pm

Where:            The Civic Theatre, Auckland

                        Corner Queen and Wellesley Streets

                        Auckland City

Who:                All welcome

Cost:                $14 per person*

RSVP as per below and I will contact you with the final price and payment details before 18 July 2013. 

RSVP:               By Friday 12 July to  Amelia at 

Please include your name, contact number and email address as well as how many tickets you require and if any members of your group may qualify for senior or student rates.  Note that late bookings will depend on availability of tickets.

* This is the discounted price for an adult and depends on reaching a minimum number.

This beguiling family drama by Japan’s gentle master of the genre Kore-eda Hirokazu (I WishNobody Knows) won the Jury Prize at Cannes this year.

“The protagonist of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s beautifully observed Like Father, Like Son is devoted to hard work and stoic poise, barely betraying any extraneous emotion. Ryota’s (Fukuyama Masaharu) wife Midori mostly goes along with her husband’s strictly regimented behaviors, though she’s well aware of the effect only 30 minutes of video games and forced piano lessons are having on the couple’s 6-year-old son Keita…

It’s easy to look at your offspring at times and wonder if this little person really shares your DNA, so alien can they seem to your own morals and beliefs. So when the country hospital where Keita was born informs Ryota and Midori that their son is not really their son (he was switched at birth with another baby), something snaps into place that has long been festering.

Now Ryota’s stringently planned life goes far off track. He and Midori must make a series of tough decisions, the biggest being whether to switch Keita with their actual biological child who is being raised by a lower-class suburban couple… The ensemble is spectacular, especially the children, who all have just the right mix of cuteness and irritability… But the heart of the film is Fukuyama, who delineates every step of Ryota’s journey… with poignant concision. When the tears finally flow, the moment is more than earned – a grateful, graceful release.” — Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

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