Like father, like son

Like father, like son

DVD - 2014 | Japanese
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Affluent architects Ryota and his wife Midori face a terrible dilemma when they learn that their six-year-old son, Keita, was accidentally switched at birth and is not their biological child. In the wake of this revelation, Ryota's sense of fatherhood is shaken to the core as he witnesses both his wife's enduring devotion to Keita and his own conflicting feelings of nature versus nurture. Now his decision on which boy is truly his son will change the family's lives forever.
Publisher: New York : IFC Films, [2014]
ISBN: 9780788618178
0788618172
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
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readyrisa
Aug 04, 2018

A very unique family story about two Japanese families who got their sons exchanged at birth but only to find out about it 6 years later and how they deal with it....Full of charisma and innocence pulling us through a emotional journey from start to end. This film will make you both laugh and cry.

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batudutt
May 02, 2018

excellent film. Very well done.

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breemu
Mar 16, 2018

What would you do if you found out that one of your children actually belonged to another family, and that one of their children, a complete stranger to you, was your real child? What would you do? Would you keep the child you've only ever known, or would you want the child that is biologically yours? How would it affect your decision if the two children have been brought up with very different values, and expectations - differences that you find difficult and/or distasteful. How do children cope with an issue like this? What do you tell them? How should it be explained? Do they get a say in the matter? How are they to be taken through such a quagmire? And what makes a child yours anyway - is it nature or is it nurture? The questions in this dilemma are endless, and the sensitive, careful, heart wrenching depiction of the struggle faced by two very different families to answer those questions will bring you to tears.

samcmar Oct 06, 2017

Such an amazing and difficult film about two children switched at birth and how two families are forced to respond to the mistake. Really loved the story and raw the story was.

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tuan_canada
Sep 11, 2017

To father a child, that's easy. To be a daddy, man that's exosting and time sonsuming. I like this movie.

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sampark_1
Apr 05, 2017

Tearful yet heart-warming Japanese cinematic perfection.

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belljennie
Jul 08, 2016

What at first I thought would be a sterile movie, slow going, turned into a thought provoking look at how people bring their own history to a situation flung onto them, and turn it into anything.
I'm still thinking about it days later.

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ms_mustard
Jun 17, 2016

like father like son, until the son isn't of the father.

is it nature or nurture that calls the relationships into question?

another great film by Hirokazu

please spare us from a Spielberg remake.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

This is one of those films that could have easily descended into over-sentimental madness, but it was done so well. A great film. The only thing that bothered me slightly was the polar opposites in the characters of the fathers. I get the message, but a little more subtly couldn't have hurt. Regardless, this film was very well acted and beautifully shot. The actors did a stellar job. I hope to check out more movies by this filmmaker.

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akirakato
May 15, 2016

This is a 2013 Japanese drama directed by Hirokazu Koreeda (是枝裕和).
The Japanese title literally means "And he's become a father.(そして父になる)"
And it really means it!
One day, the couple learns that their biological son "Ryusei(琉晴)" was accidentally switched with "Keita(慶多)" after birth.
After DNA tests prove the error, they must now make a life-changing decision to either keep "Keita", the boy they raised as their own son, or switch him for their biological son.
Actually, the baby-switching incident was NOT an acccident but one of the nurses did it on purpose.
The performances of both kid-actors are superb, and the story is sensitively written and smartly directed.
The director uses familiar-seeming elements to tell a thought-provoking story.
Gripping, profoudly involving and ultimately refreshing, this film is one of those rare films that keep you totally engaged.
This film even moved Steven Spielberg, who has obtained a right to remake it.

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Feb 23, 2015

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lotuslori_8 Nov 26, 2014

At what pouint does a father truly become a father

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