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After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again. (Source: JFDB) Edit Translation

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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: May 21, 2016
  • Duration: 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 510 users)
  • Ranked: #6041
  • Popularity: #8062
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
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What kind of future was I dreaming of?

Director Koreeda Hirokazu challenges three generations of the same family to live in the moment regardless of where they thought they would be or where they want to be in life in After the Storm. A typhoon draws the family members together and forces them to face the illusions they've created and the things they've given up.

Shinoda Ryota (Abe Hiroshi) is the divorced son spiraling down the drain. Only valuing his family after losing them, he works at a detective agency to spy on them. Early success as a writer has now crippled his creative desire and confidence leading him to spend too much time at the racetrack which leads him to sponging off of others.

Shinoda Yoshiko (Kiki Kirin) is the recently widowed mother who instead of mourning is feeling freed from her former convention, even taking a classical music class. This gentle matriarch is the touchstone for truth who connects the characters.

During Typhoon 24, Ryota, his mother, his son, and his ex-wife Kyoko are stuck in Yoshiko's small apartment. During this time excuses and damaging filters are slowly washed away. Yoshiko pointedly talks with her son, "I wonder why it is men can't love the present. Either they keep chasing whatever it is they lost. Or they keep dreaming beyond their reach." Ryota has been hanging on to his ex-wife and the family life he thought he had but never lived, his father's legacy of disappointment, and his writing. He's always looking for the next big deal whether through gambling or some other illicit way instead of working consistently and facing his fears. For his mother life is simple, it is to be lived and enjoyed wherever you are. Ryota begins to shake off the past and realize a relationship with his son is worth fighting for in the present.

Abe Hiroshi had the difficult job of making Ryota at least somewhat sympathetic, not an easy thing to do for a character who is always looking to others for money. Kiki Kirin was the revelation in this film as she gave a splendid performance as the mother who loves her imperfect children, always hoped to be out of the apartment complex she's lived in for 40 years and tries to help her family find their place in the world with the time she has left. Of all the performances, hers is the one I'll remember and the one which touched my heart.

After the Storm is a slow-paced look at characters, especially Ryota as he glacially evolves from the wretched self-centered man who only wants what he can't have to someone who catches a glimmer of what can be. He could be frustrating to watch as he chose the easy way out at a cost to others. Yoshiko's compassion and honesty helped to balance out the emotional weights of the film.

For all of the adults, life hasn't turned out the way they planned. Life rarely does. But wherever we are that is where life is and we are called to live it in the present moment. Ryota finally states, "I haven't become what I want to be---yet." While there is time there is opportunity to become who and what we yearn to be. "So long to myself from yesterday."


10/12/22

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Overall 6.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 4.0
Rewatch Value 1.0

Men can never love the present

The story was completely ordinary almost everyone go through this sort of phase in their life when they can't accept the present and always do things to secure their future. Ryota was desperate to get back with his ex wife and son even though he himself was having a tough time. Kyoko was certain to not get back with him. With lot of family thingy going on the movie moves on to the storm part I was expecting a disaster sort of thing as the name suggests but it wasn't the case. Kirin kiki nailed her role as always I loved her character. The movie is extremely slow paced I fell asleep once and I watched it the next day to finish it. Thanks for reading

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  • Movie: After the Storm
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: May 21, 2016
  • Duration: 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 510 users)
  • Ranked: #6041
  • Popularity: #8062
  • Watchers: 1,023

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