The great Japanese filmmakers have always been good at telling sensitive family tales. On the surface a summery children’s film, but underneath a drama about a boy who is separated from his brother after a divorce. They don’t wait for a miracle, but make one happen.
The Japanese master of humanitarian fiction again focusses on children in complex family situations, just as in Nobody Knows (2004). However this time his approach is not as severe.
Koichi and his younger brother Ryunosuke are very close but, after the divorce of their parents, each moves to a different city. Koichi lives with his mother and his grandparents in the village, while Ryunosuke and his father live in the city, where the father tries to make a name for himself as a musician. The two children decide to conceive a plan to bridge the physical distance once and for all. Their complex operation means taking risks, however.
Kore-eda (After Life, Still Walking) chose two real brothers for this adventure - maybe his most accessible film so far. Again he shows the world of experience of children, without sentimentality or conventional answers. With beautiful camerawork, lucid colours and an apt rock score by the Japanese band Quruli.