After The Storm (2016 Japan) Cert. PG – subtitled

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Satomi Kobayashi, Kirin Kiki

Following last year’s Our Little Sister, a great favourite with David Lean patrons, Japan’s foremost director gives us another telling portrait of family life.

Middle-aged Ryota (Abe) is a failed writer having difficult relationships with his ex-wife, their son and his mother (Sweet Bean’s Kirin Kiki), who thinks he should have worked harder on being a writer.  He now works as a private detective to finance maintenance payments – and his gambling addiction. 

One night, as a typhoon approaches and people need to get off the streets for safety, he lures them to his mother’s flat.  While his hope of achieving a reconciliation while they are sheltering from the storm may be too optimistic, perhaps all is not lost.

 

Here is a link to the Review in The Telegraph 

 

The review includes a link to the ‘official UK’  Trailer, which can also be seen below

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 25th July 2017

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Harmonium (2016 Japan/France) Cert. 12A (subtitled).

Director: Kôji Fukada
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Kanji Furutachi, Momone Shinokawa
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Workshop owner Toshio (Furutachi) lives contentedly with his wife Akie (Tsutsui) and ten-year-old-daughter Hotaru (Shinokawa), a lively girl who struggles to master the harmonium.

Life goes on for the three of them, until Toshio hires the mysterious Mr. Yasaka (Asano), an old friend who has recently been released from prison.

As Yasaka becomes more open about his past, a buried secret threatens to sully Toshio’s good name and sever familial ties.

A beautifully crafted film, with strong performances from both the experienced adult cast and young Shinokawa.

 

Here is a link to a Review from – appropriately – The Japan Times (yes, it is in English) following a viewing at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

 David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 6th June 2017

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