Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda’s latest, the family drama “Still Walking,” gets a limited release this Friday, August 28, courtesy of IFC Films, and according to Time Out’s Joshua Rothkopf, “We are in the presence of a new classic… To submit to the quiet tensions of the modern-day Yokoyama clan, an extended family haunted by the memory of a departed son, is to experience moviemaking of a rare emotional subtlety.”
“What’s remarkable about ‘Still Walking,’ Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda’s seventh feature film and one every bit as sensitive as his previous triumphs ‘After Life’ (1998) and ‘Nobody Knows’ (2004), is that the familiar comes across as fresh,” writes Anthony Kaufman in the Village Voice. “Despite recycling potential clichés—the grouchy elderly father, the disenfranchised second son—Koreeda imbues the story with such specificity, tactility, and humanity that yet another movie about a dysfunctional family reunion becomes a cinematic tone poem.”
The L Magazine’s Simon Abrams calls Koreeda’s film “one of his most challenging domestic dramas to be released here theatrically thus far.”
Kristi Mitsuda, in a review for indieWIRE: “‘Still Walking’ is marred only by a seemingly tacked-on concluding voice-over and final sequence too pat and obvious, out of sync with the rest of the understated film… Fortunately, even an unsatisfying ending can’t detract from the overall grace of Kore-eda’s film, which, because of its heightened awareness of death is more lovingly attuned to life’s fleeting pleasures.”
Dennis Lim refers to Koreeda as “a poet of bereavement” in a recent profile for the New York Times, while Steven Erickson at GreenCine Daily calls him “the only major Japanese director of his generation who is a direct descendant of his cinematic forefathers’ humanism.” Damon Smith also has a lengthy interview with Koreeda in Filmmaker Magazine.
Watch the trailer for “Still Walking” on YouTube.