Rent Still Walking (2008)

3.9 of 5 from 157 ratings
1h 50min
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Synopsis:
In this gently probing family drama, 40-year-old Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) arrives with his wife and stepson at the home of his elderly parents to commemorate his older brother, who drowned some years earlier. Hirokazu Koreeda's most Ozu-influenced film is a subtle, moving account of family tensions that delves deep into the differing assumptions and value systems of its generations. This was the director's first film to feature veteran actress Kirin Kiki, who would become a regular collaborator.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Yoshihiro Kato, Hijiri Taguchi
Writers:
Hirokazu Koreeda
Aka:
Aruitemo Aruitemo
Studio:
New Wave Films
Genres:
Children & Family, Drama
Countries:
Japan, New Releases, Children & Family, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/05/2010
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Making of documentary
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/08/2019
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (3) of Still Walking

Beautifully acted family drama - Still Walking review by CM

Spoiler Alert
31/05/2016

The loss of a child must be the worst thing that can happen to a parent. This film takes a snapshot of a family which has suffered just such a tragedy.

Every year, on the anniversary of the death of the family's oldest son, the remaining son and a daughter (plus their partners and children) gather at their parents house to commemorate the deceased son and we join the family on one such occasion. The film gives the impression that the surviving siblings can never live up to the memory of their older brother and the death seems to have driven a permanent wedge between many of the family relationships - between the two parents, for example, and between the father and the second son. In a way, this family seems to have suffered two tragedies, the death of the son and the subsequent impact it has had on the relationships between the rest of the family. It is the latter of these which the film really focuses on.

If none of that sounds like very cheery viewing, the film is still very much worth watching. The writing and the acting are superb. Although a particular sadness has beset this family, the dynamics are of a sort that can be seen in many families. For the most part the relationships are characterised more by sniping and distance (emotional and physical) than by out and out arguments but there are also moments of warmth and humanity. Ultimately, despite a lack of drama or action in the film it manages to be compelling viewing.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Universal family matters perfectly unpicked! - Still Walking review by TE

Spoiler Alert
03/08/2018

Another exquisitely judged family portrait by Koreeda. He has perfected the art of revealing without preaching and seems to be able to get inside a family's dynamics with effortless ease and the deftest of touches.

Each character is fully rounded and credible. Profound moments suddenly crop up amidst the apparent trivia, with humour and tart repartee to the fore.

This is life in microcosm, but presented with artistic perfection.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Splendid observant film - Still Walking review by KB

Spoiler Alert
12/04/2015

From whichever industrialized nation one lives, this slow-ish Japanese movie tells a story centred round a family of three generations which would could be told from many film-makers in many of the worlds industrial countries. Expectations, how to cope with ailing health in parents, grand-children, how to learn to forgive all centres round the grandparents house over a few years. Good script, well played acting and camera. Not a popcorn movie though!!

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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