Hirokazu Kore-eda, a filmmaker perhaps best known for efforts like “After Life,” “Still Walking” and “Nobody Knows,” has been a steady tear lately. In 2013, he went to Cannes and walked away with the Jury Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize for the lovely and moving “Like Father Like Son.” While his return this year to the Croisette with “Our Little Sister” was less well received, he’s pressing on and is poised for another trip to the festival in the spring.
Production has wrapped on Kore-eda’s next film “After The Storm.” Hiroshi Abe and Kirin Kiki star in the movie about an award-winning author in the shadow of former glory who tries to reconnect with this family. Here’s the official synopsis:
Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) — until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.
The film is already slated for release in Japan on May 21, 2016, and THR says the picture is a “likely contender” for Cannes, which makes perfect sense give Kore-eda’s history there. The timing is also right with the fest kicking off on May 11, 2016.