Life is not always as we planned when we were children. And today's recommended film speaks volumes about that. After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) is another film directed by Japanese cinema master Hirokazu Koreeda.
A simple film with a deep theme. I speak of him better in the following video:
Synopsis Of After the Storm
Japan is about to receive the 23rd typhoon of the year. The matriarch Yoshiko, an elderly woman who lives alone, is visited by two children who do not usually come to her house: Ryota, a failed writer who still suffers from divorce and risks making detective jobs, and the oldest daughter, who tries to pass the example of the family, but also has its problems. Together, they await the typhoon and recall the recent death of their father and husband.
What is special about this film?
After the Storm he manages to do something that few films can do. It manages to make you empathize with the characters, from Ryota's little son to the matriarch Yoshiko. And so the impression it gives is that they are all characters drawn directly from real life, and we, the viewers, are following their lives as if we were penetrators.
The script, also written by Hirokazu Koreeda, allows everyone in the film a chance to shine and show how they are affected by the film's main character, the failed Ryota.
Difficult to talk about what happens in the film without giving the infamous spoilers, but what I can say is that actor Hiroshi Abe (Ryota) manages to create in us a sense of pity that makes us root for him even while he does wrong things, like spending his wages betting on races instead of paying the child's bills and alimony.
Conclusion on the movie After the Storm
After the Storm is a film that will make you think about what you want out of life and how your actions affect others. All this bringing the customs of Japanese culture to enrich the history.
If you are one of those people who like hurried or emotional films, After the Storm may not be ideal for you. Even if you are not interested in the theme, I recommend taking a look at the film anyway. The scenarios, characters and situations are very worth checking out.