Still Walking-- Hirokazu Kore-eda retrospective. Meet from 1:30, film at 2:40

Sunday  19 May  2019  1:30 PM    Sunday  19 May  2019 6:00 PM
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We're going to see Still Walking at the Watershed. We'll be in the cafe/bar from about 1:30 to meet and chat before the film.

This is part of the Watershed Hirokazu Kore-eda retrospective.

"I think this is Kore-eda’s best film - which pretty much means I think this might be the best film ever made."
Tara Judah, Watershed Cinema Producer

Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda ranks among most acclaimed directors working in cinema today. Each of his films is marked by a subtle dramatic touch, a gentle yet assured feeling for the profundity and emotional charge of everyday life, and an enduring fascination with the role of the family in contemporary Japanese society.

His mastery of the family drama have led to comparisons with another Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu, but Kore-eda’s social realist underpinnings, diversity and understated artistry mark him out as a one of cinema's great humanist filmmakers in his own right.

Watershed summary:
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You
Duration: 114 mins, Subtitled, 2008, Japan
Primary language: Japanese

A career highpoint for Kore-eda, this lyrical and profoundly moving family reunion drama is one of the director’s most personal works to date, created as a tribute to his late mother. It depicts one summer’s day in the life of the Yokoyamas, gathered together for a commemorative ritual.

The now-grown children are visiting their ageing parents, who have lived in the family home for decades. Both son and daughter have brought their own families along with them, to commemorate the tragic death of the eldest son, fifteen years prior. Although the roomy house is as comforting and unchanging as the mother's homemade feast, everyone over the prevailing years has subtly changed, revealing a typical dysfunctional family, bonded by love as well as resentments and secrets.

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. An extraordinary portrayal of the ties that bind us, it’s storytelling of the highest order, and this gentle, lovely film is impossible to watch without a lump in the ­throat.

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Meeting up:
We'll be at the Watershed from about 2pm---a chance to meet and talk before the movie. We usually get at least one of the large tables in the area between the stairs and the bar, or just in front of the bar.
If you're new to the group, look for a Meetup sign on the table and come and say hello.

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Meet in the café / bar, Watershed
1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX, GB
Meet in the café / bar, Watershed
1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX, GB
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