Japan 2008 114'
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Script: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Camera: Yutaka Yamazaki
Sound: Tsurumaki Yutaka, Ohtake Shuji
Art Direction: Isomi Toshihiro, Mitsumatsu Keiko
Costumes: Kurosawa Kazuko
Editing: Hirokazu Kore-eda
With: Abe Hiroshi, Harada Yoshio, Natsukawa Yui, Kiki Kirin, Tanaka Shohei
A family drama about grown children visiting their elderly parents, which unfolds over one summer day. The aging parents have lived in the family home for decades. Their son and daughter return for a rare family reunion, bringing their own families with them. They have gathered to commemorate the tragic death of the eldest son, who drowned in an accident fifteen years ago. Although the roomy house is as comforting and unchanging as the mother's homemade feast, everyone in the family has subtly changed. This is a typical family, bonded by love as well as resentments and secrets. With a subtle balance of gentle humor and wistful sorrow, Kore-eda portrays just how precious and exactly how annoying family can be.