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Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Kore-eda

April-May 2019

We celebrate a master of contemporary Japanese cinema with a two-month season of diverse, beautiful and human stories.

Introduction by season programmer Alexander Jacoby

The Cinema of Hirokazu Kore-eda


Part 2 (May)

“Kore-eda has long been hailed as one of the world’s top drama filmmakers”

In the last decade, Kore-eda’s cinema has gone from strength to strength. With his films now virtually guaranteed critical acclaim, commercial success and international attention, he’s been able to direct more frequently. He continues to explore fresh territory, as in courtroom drama The Third Murder, but his central subject remains the Japanese family. In this, Kore-eda seems ever more the heir to Ozu, and increasingly he works, like Ozu, with a company of regular actors – most notably the late Kirin Kiki – who enact variations on a set of key themes, helping to imbue his work with a specific and personal flavour. With a forthcoming film, La Vérité, shot in France with an international cast, thus marking a new departure, it’s a fitting time to take stock of his recent work.

Alexander Jacoby


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    Don’t miss this exquisite meditation on loss, loneliness and uncertainty


The BFI is proud to release a four-disc Blu-ray boxset celebrating the works of Kore-eda this summer.

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