Hirokazu Koreeda

Celebrating the master of contemporary Japanese cinema and his diverse, beautiful and human stories.

In 2018, Hirokazu Koreeda 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, Koreeda’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, Koreeda 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. 

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Drama2018121 mins

Hirokazu Koreeda's modern masterpiece is dark yet touching account of an unorthodox family that relies on shoplifting to make ends meet.

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After LifeAfter Life

Drama1998119 minsDirector: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Koreeda's lyrical fantasy challenges the viewer to reflect on the experiences that most make life worth living.

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After the StormAfter the Storm

Drama2016118 mins

As typhoons buffet Tokyo, Hirokazu Koreeda examines a broken family and the father’s dogged attempts to glue it back together.

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The Third MurderThe 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 Koreeda.

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Still WalkingStill Walking

Drama2008115 minsDirector: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Koreeda’s subtle, moving account of the tensions within a family is his most Ozu-like film.

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Drama1995109 minsDirector: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Koreeda’s first fiction feature is an exquisite meditation on loss, loneliness, uncertainty, and coming to terms with the past.

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I WishI Wish

Drama2011128 mins

Koreeda’s gentle, upbeat film about two brothers living in different cities following their parents' separation.

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Nobody KnowsNobody Knows

Drama2003141 minsDirector: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Koreeda’s drama about four children left to fend for themselves is a heartbreaking study of childhood neglect.

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Like Father, Like SonLike Father, Like Son

Drama2013121 mins

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 Koreeda.