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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘After the Storm’ Set for Winter Release Through Film Movement

The Japanese auteur's latest debuted at Cannes earlier this year.

“After the Storm”

New York-based film distributor Film Movement has announced the acquisition of Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest feature film, “After the Storm.” The film stars Kore-eda regular Abe Hiroshi “as a struggling novelist who attempts to reconcile with his mother, ex-wife and young son and finds the opportunity when a passing typhoon hits.”

“After the Storm” premiered in Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and will make its North American premiere in the Masters program of the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

READ MORE: Watch: First Trailer For Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘After The Storm’

Of the acquisition, Michael E. Rosenberg, President of Film Movement, commented, “Film Movement is honored to be releasing this Japanese master’s latest film. His comparison to Ozu is aptly deserved, as he captures the great sensei’s humanistic spirit in his stories and in the details.”

Film Movement will release the film theatrically in February 2017, followed by a digital and home video release.

Sony Pictures Classics released Kore-eda’s “Our Little Sister” earlier this year.

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Brian Kerk

Film Movement isn’t doing Kore-eda any favors. Given that the DVD is being released in Japan this November, a full three months before their proposed American cinema release date, a great number of interested viewers will have already seen it, either by ordering the DVD from overseas or at a much lower cost (if any) through any number of streaming sites. Plus, dumping it in February – a month everyone knows is notorious as a “dead zone” for movies the studios have no faith in – what’s the deal? Why even bother? Just send it to Netflix at that point.

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