Fiction / Japan / 2012 / 2h10 / VOSTF
Original Title : Kiseki
Production : Shirogumi, J-Wave, Bandai Visual Company
Distribution : Le Pacte
Script : Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Interpretation : Hiroshi Abe, Kanna Hashimoto, Kôki Maeda
Photography : Yutaka Yamazaki
Editing : Hirokazu Koreeda
In Japan, on the island of Kyushu, two brothers get separated after their parents’ divorce. The eldest, 12 year-old Koichi, moves with his mother to his grandparents’ in the south of the island, near the disturbing Sakurajima volcano. His younger brother Ryunosuke stays with his father, a rock guitar player, in the North of the island. Desperately wishing for their family to be reunited, Koichi and Ryunosuke decide to meet halfway through...
Kore-Eda was born in 1962 in Tokyo. He graduated from Waseda University, then joined the company TV Man Union to make documentaries, among which Without Memory (1994). In 1995, his first fictional film Maborosi made an impression in Venise. Three years later, After Life was released. In 2001, Distance was selected in Cannes. So was his following film Nobody Knows (2004), awarded for the performance of its young protagonist, Yagira Yuya, who received the Best Actor Award at the age of 14. In 2009, he directed Still Walking then Aid Doll, which was based on a fantasy manga – an oddball in the career of this family flimmaker. After I Wish (2012), Kore-Eda was back in Cannes in 2013 with Like Father, Like Son, which was awarded the Jury Prize.
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