P { margin-bottom: 0"Are you who you wanted to be?", Ryota’s son asks him. Ryota (Abe Hiroshi), once a prize winning author, now works as a dingy private eye for the alimony money, which he immediately gambles away. His unreliability and lack of self-esteem are a burden on his relationships with his son, his ex-wife and his mother (the hilarious Kiki Kirin, who – as a fellow Kore-eda veteran – also played Abe’s mother in Still Walking, 2008), whom he is cooped up with due to a storm. In the meantime, Ryota also struggles with the recent death of his father.
Director Kore-eda Hirokazu is known for his kind, understanding portraits of families (Nobody Knows, 2004; Like Father, Like Son, 2013). Bittersweet with a strong sense of the quotidian they combine major emotional themes with a mild, sometimes humorous take on human failings. After the Storm was partly filmed in the cheap housing complex he grew up in.

Original title
Umi yori mo mada fukaku
Filmmaker
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Country
Japan
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
117’
Language
Japanese
Producer
Yose Akihiko, Matsuzaki Koaru, Taguchi Hijiri
Production Company
Aoi Promotion Inc., Bandai Visual Co., Ltd., Fuji Television Network Inc.
Sales
Wild Bunch
Writer
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Cinematography
Yamazaki Yutaka
Editor
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Production Design
Mitsumatsu Keiko
Sound Design
Tsurumaki Yutaka
Music
Hanaregumi
Cast
Abe Hiroshi , Yoshizawa Taiyo , Kiki Kirin, Maki Yōko, Kobayashi Satomi