NZIFF Review – ‘After the Storm’ (dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda)

It’s always hard for me to describe the plot of a Hirokazu Kore-eda film to someone because they simultaneously manage to be about ‘something’ and yet ‘nothing at all’ – that is, in the best way possible. I’ve been a fan of Kore-eda’s work since I watched Still Walking several years ago and last year I was able to see Our Little Sister at last year’s NZ International Film Festival. The work that he produces is simple but high-quality; generally gentle in nature, they’re often borderline-philosophical slice-of-life stories about ordinary, everyday individuals in Japan and the way they navigate their relationships with their families and loved ones whilst trying to grapple with things like tradition, loss/trauma, and personal identity.

(Semi-spoilers ahead)

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