Saturday, November 15, 2014

Like Father, Like Son 2013

Like Father, Like Son

     The Nonomiya and Saiki families both have sons that are six years old.  What they don’t know but will soon find out is that three baby boys were born the same day in a small rural hospital.  Two of the boys were mixed up and went to the wrong parents.  Keita Nonomiya belongs to the Saiki family but the Nonomiya family has raised him.  Ryusei Saiki belongs to the Nonomiya family but the Saiki family has raised him.  The parents start meeting together and then they have Saturday sleepovers with their birth boys.  The Saiki parents have another son and a daughter but the Nonomiya parents have the one son.
     This is interesting, the boys only know the mother and father that has raised them for the last six years.  The families are very different, in the Nonomiya household the father is an architect in Tokyo, he works a lot and they are wealthy.  In the Saiki household the father works as an appliance repairman and they live in the same building as his shop.  They don’t have very much money and the mother also has a job outside of the home.  They have a decision to make about the boys.  Will they switch boys or will they keep the boys they have raised?  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

121 min, Drama directed by Hirokazu Koreeda with Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yoko Maki, Riri Furanki, Jun Fubuki, Shogen Hwang.

Note:  Imdb 7.8 out of 10, 87% critic 87% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.7* out of 5* with 22 reviews.
Special Note:  The title in Japanese actually means, And Then I Will be His Father.

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