Breath-taking enough, another deconstruction of the sacred traditional idea of Family in the subtle hands of a Koreeda brings out his usual magic. After the Storm successfully captures the great sensei’s humanistic spirit in the stories and the details and reincarnates Ozu`s in the 21st century. Which despite his devotion to Naruse, seems more aptly deserving.
Yōko Maki is dashingly subtle as remarrying ex-wife and Hiroshi Abe outperforms the divroce father/son dynamic with Taiyô Yoshizawa which are all stuck in the rare chance of the occurring typhoon. Shading above them all is the gracious presence of Kirin Kiki as the mother whom you are sorroudning your heart willingly – again and again – in each and everyone of her artistic touchs.
P.S. I was just digesting the magnificient beauty of Our Little Sister for 2016…What a year!