Celebrating the master of contemporary Japanese cinema and his diverse, beautiful and human stories.
In 2018, Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Cannes Palme d’Or for Shoplifters, capping a quarter-century career in feature filmmaking that has made him the most critically acclaimed and among the most widely distributed of contemporary Japanese live-action directors.
In the last decade, Kore-eda’s cinema has gone from strength to strength. With his films now virtually guaranteed critical acclaim, commercial success and international attention, he’s been able to direct more frequently. He continues to explore fresh territory, as in courtroom drama The Third Murder, but his central subject remains the Japanese family. In this, Kore-eda seems ever more the heir to Ozu, and increasingly he works, like Ozu, with a company of regular actors – most notably the late Kirin Kiki – who enact variations on a set of key themes, helping to imbue his work with a specific and personal flavour.
Drama2018121 minsDirector: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Hirokazu Kore-eda's modern masterpiece is dark yet touching account of an unorthodox family that relies on shoplifting to make ends meet.
After the Storm
Drama2016118 minsDirector: Hirokazu Kore-eda
As typhoons buffet Tokyo, Hirokazu Kore-eda examines a broken family and the father’s dogged attempts to glue it back together.
The Third Murder
Crime2017125 minsDirector: Hirokazu Kore-eda
A clear-cut murder case is revealed to be much more layered than it first appears, in this gripping and intelligent crime drama from Palme d'Or-winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Like Father, Like Son
Drama2013121 minsDirector: Hirokazu Kore-eda
A touching and acutely observed story of two boys switched at birth having to readjust to their natural parents, from Japan’s modern maestro Hirokazu Kore-eda.