Still Walking

Directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu

abe hiroshi,natsukawa yui,YOU,takahashi kazuya,kiki kirin,harada yoshio
Director/Screenwriter/Editor Kore-Eda Hirokazu


DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

In the past five or six years I lost both my parents. As an ungrateful eldest son who used the demands of his profession to excuse my long absences from home, I find myself troubled by regrets, to this day. “If only I'd been more...” “Why did I say that then…” Still Walking is a film launched by the experience of regret that we all share.
The characters are utterly ordinary people and the film takes place over the course of a single summer day. Unlike in an American TV drama, nothing of consequence happens over the course of their rare, overnight family reunion. Yet, over the course of their day, as deceptively tranquil as a calm sea, the tide flows in, then out and wavelets constantly ripple the surface. Take for instance, the main character's anxiety over his parents' aging. It goes unnoticed. Or take the negotiations over a grandchild between a bride and her mother-in-law. It remains their secret. In this film I have contemplated and portrayed the seemingly minute yet significant wavelets that ripple throughout the course of our long lives.

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