A living son with
a widow and stepson falls
flat in parents` eyes
I also downloaded Still Walking at the same time as Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I almost wish Kore-Eda would lay low for a while as I am afraid I will get sick of him!! But then if he did I`d probably be willing him to return.
This one I didn`t really think as much of. Again, we see the idea of bloodlines being so important in Japan. The old mother does not seem to think that being a stepfather is the same as being a father. Both parents think that this son, the stepfather and the second son in the family, made a mistake in marrying a widow (with a young son). The son is made to feel like he will never measure up in any way to the eldest son (who died many years before saving a young boy and according to the old parents it was a waste of a life – their own son losing his in place of this person, now 25 years old, who they see as a waste of space!!) especially in his choice of career but happily, he is content with his own family and his struggling career. It`s got echoes of Tokyo Story though, about parents` expectations not being met and children moving on so I should like it more but not necessarily.
Kore-Eda clearly has his gang of regular actors. Actors/Actresses from I Wish, Like Father like Son, Nobody Knows and Afterlife (Wonderful Life in Japanese) all appear in this film.
I`ve updated my film list again with the recent films I`ve watched. It`s worth a look.