Go to contents

Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda speaks about his movies

Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda speaks about his movies

Posted October. 05, 2013 07:25,   


Hirokazu Koreeda is widely considered a flagship director of Japan for his movies such as “Air Doll" (2009) and “Still Walking" (2008). Having many big fans of him in Korea as well, he attended the “Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival” with his latest work “Like Father, Like Son.” The festival kicked off in the Korean port city on Thursday. The movie “Like Father, Like Son” is the winner of the judges’ award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France. This represents the third prize after the Palme d`Or (Grand Prix) and the chief judge’s award. The movie will be released in Korea in December.

“Like Father, Like Son” is a movie searching for the meaning of fatherhood and blood ties. In the movie, Ryota (played by Masaharu Fukuyama) receives an urgent call from the hospital where his son was born six years ago. The hospital informs him that his child had been switched due to error committed by hospital staff. Ryota agonized over between his biological son and the son at his home.

“I was away from home for a month, while filming a movie once in the past. When I returned, my three-year-old daughter got wary upon seeing me. What is the relationship between the father and children? I agonized what is closer between blood ties and ties bonded by passage of time. If an episode like that in the movie happens to me in real life, I will more likely opt for time (over blood).”

In the movie, Ryota develops close relations with the family who grew his biological son, dismantling the barriers. “How attractive it is to see two families get as close as a single family through the incident in which their sons are switched? Especially in today’s world, when we only value me and my own family.”

The Japanese director is highly sought after due to his signature filmmaking style, which incorporates food for thought in movies on rudimentary subject in our life. “I loved home dramas so much since young. ‘Still Walking’ is a movie about relationship between me and my late mother. Moviegoers in different countries also seemed to understand what this is about. Going forward, I will continue to address stories around me within the radius of three to five meters.”

In the movie “Air Doll,” Korean actress Bae Du-na performed the Air Doll character, and displayed good performance. As a result, she was cast in the Hollywood movie “Cloud Atlas.” “Few actors or actresses gave me as strong impression as Bae. Since she was thoroughly prepared, I had few things to instruct her. She has strong conviction and trust in the director.”

Koreeda said he is a close friend of Korean actor Song Kang-ho. “I admire Director Lee Chang-dong the most in the world,” he said. “There are countless talented directors in Korea. I am a friend of directors Heo Jin-ho, Hong Sang-soo, and Yang Ik-joon, and would like to meet with Director Bong Joon-ho without fail.”