Still Walking (Blu Ray) (Criterion Collection)

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The lyrical, profoundly moving STILL WALKING is the most personal work to date from contemporary Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Maborosi, After Life, Nobody Knows). Fashioned as a tribute to his parents, the film depicts one day in the life of the Yokoyamas, gathered together for a celebratory ritual that only gradually makes itself clear. Rather than focus on big dramatic moments, Kore-eda relies on simple gestures and domestic routines (especially cooking) to evoke a family's entire life, its deep regrets and its daily joys. Featuring vivid, heartrending performances and a gentle naturalism that harks back to the director's earlier, documentary work, STILL WALKING is an extraordinary portrayal of the ties that bind us.

Specifications

Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 218902271
UPC 715515067515
UPC 14 00715515067515
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/8/2011
Rating NR
Keywords
Family Life
Live-Action
Editors Note
Note Director Hirokazu Kore-eda writes and directs this family drama that unfolds over the course of a single summer day as the Yokoyama family gathers for a rare reunion held to commemorate the death of the one who was taken before his time. It was 15 years ago that eldest Yokoyama son, Junpei, drowned in a tragic accident, and the only changes around the family home since that fateful day are so subtle that they're not likely to be noticed by anyone outside of the immediate family. Retired family patriarch Kyohei (Yoshio Harada) used to run a successful medical clinic out of the home, though the lights in his medical examining room haven't even been turned on in years. The tiles in the kitchen where energetic Toshiko (Kirin Kiki) cooks family meals are slowly coming loose, and as youngest son Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) arrives home, he does his best to hide the fact that he's currently unemployed. His older sister, Chinami (You), has also arrived with her family, and does her best to entertain everyone despite the undeniable cloud of melancholy hanging over the home. As the festive gathering commences and Toshiko lays out a lavish meal, it gradually becomes obvious that resentment and sorrow bonds this family as powerfully as love.
Reviews
A.V. Club "STILL WALKING transpires with unhurried ease, but multiple viewings reveal the sophistication of its almost imperceptible style. The movie seems like a perfect found object..." -- Grade: A 08/27/2009
New York Times "[The director has] a deceptively simple touch. In STILL WALKING, the story builds through an accretion of details, in shared glances, gestures and conversation." 08/28/2009
Los Angeles Times "This small gem of a movie always feels true and real as it gently reveals the quiet moments that define our lives." 09/04/2009
Entertainment Weekly "A very quiet drama of family turmoiol....A film of droll adn dry observational precision..." -- Grade: B- 09/18/2009
Chicago Sun-Times Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Best Foreign Films Of 2009" -- "Written and directed by the great Hirokazu Kore-eda, in some ways the heir to Ozu." 12/27/2009
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Koreeda] essays a moving restraint that evokes Ozu's vintage domestic dramas -- no mean feat." 12/22/2009
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "Brilliantly reworking Yasujiro Ozu's TOKYO STORY, this is a scathing story....Discretely photographed by Yutaka Yamazaki and complemented by Gontiti's charming guitar score..." 01/08/2010
Actors
Kazuya Takahashi
Hiroshi Abe
Shohei Tanaka
Hotaru Nomoto
Cast & Crew
Kazuya Takahashi - Star
Hiroshi Abe - Star
Shohei Tanaka - Star
Hotaru Nomoto - Star
Yoshio Harada - Star
Yui Natsukawa - Star
Susuma Terajima - Co-Star
Haruko Kato - Co-Star
Kirin Kiki - Co-Star
YOU - Co-Star
Ryoga Hayashi - Co-Star
Tomoya Taguchi - Co-Star
Yukari Horie - Co-Star
Yoshiharu Takahashi - Co-Star
Mitsuhiro Tamura - Co-Star
Miyuri Kudo - Co-Star
Keisuke Tanaka - Co-Star
Hirokazu Kore-eda - Screenwriter
Yutaka Yamasaki - Director of Photography
Yukata Tsurumaki - Sound
Gontiti - Composer
Eiji Oshita - Lighting Director
Shuji Ohtake - Sound
Keiichi Sanbe - Production Manager/UPM
Mutsuki Sakai - Makeup
Kenshu Shintsubo - Photography
Hirokazu Kore-eda - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00715515067515
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 114 minutes
Aspect Ratio
  1.85:1
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
A. O. Scott, The New York Times Transcendent... Completely absorbing.
F. X. Feeney, LA Weekly The sublime work of a contemporary master.

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