After the Storm (Umi Yoro mo mada fukaku)
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Satomi Kobayashi
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Japan 2016 117 mins. (PG)
Un Certain Regard 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Released by Arrow Films
Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), once a prize-winning novelist has a gambling addiction, owes maintenance to his ex-wife Kyoko (Yokomaki) who's got a new boyfriend, who's not flavour of the month with his son Shingo ((Taiyo Yoshizawa). Ryoka maybe a lost soul but his recently widowed mother Yoshiko (Kilin Kiki's a hoot) offers unconditional love for her son.
Working for a private eye agency in the Tokyo suburbs on the pretence of 'background research' for his book, it's cash in hand, cheating husbands, the odd job on the side and the daily gamble. Cash empty, the glory days are over and it's a down hill ride for Ryota who'll grab any opportunity for a top up for his gambling habit, even a softly, softly hunt for for a heirloom when visiting his recently widowed mother. Will the oncoming typhoon offer the chance of reconciliation when Kyoto, Shinzo and Ryota spend the night in his mother's apartment?
Sensitive, powerful, tender, warm, witty, melancholic, a superbly acted glance at family ties rekindled, a film remains with you long after you've left the cinema.