films seen
17
average score
3.58*
nationality
Japan - 57 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Japan's most widely recognized contemporary drama director. Koreeda has a knack for portraying realistic, lovable, layered characters, who shine the brightest whenever light genre elements are added to his films. One of the essentials.

Rare treats

Air Doll poster

Air Doll

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Kuki Ningyo
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 125 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Drama
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4.5

It's a tough choice deciding whether it's Air Doll or After Life that ranks as my favorite Koreeda film, but I'm glad he finally cashed in on the potential he showed in After Life.

After Life poster

After Life

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Wandafuru Raifu
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 118 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.5

After Life is about enjoying and appreciating the good things you have. Warmly recommended for everyone who doesn't mind the modest pacing and styling.

The good stuff

Nobody Knows poster

Nobody Knows

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Dare mo Shiranai
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 141 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0
Distance poster

Distance

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 132 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0
Maborosi poster

Maborosi

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Maboroshi no Hikari
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 110 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0
Our Little Sister poster

Our Little Sister

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Umimachi Diary
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 128 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0

It's a welcoming, soothing and comforting drama that's just all too rare in cinema. Hopefully Koreeda continues this upward trend, I'm already looking forward to his next film.

Like Father, Like Son poster

Like Father, Like Son

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Soshite Chichi ni Naru
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 120 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0

The characters are given ample room to thrive, the underlying drama is solid and the film features a stellar concept that intrigues even beyond the scope of its running time.

Solid pieces

Shoplifters poster

Shoplifters

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Manbiki Kazoku
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 121 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
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3.5

Decent Koreeda, though not quite justifying all the hype surrounding it. Koreeda is great at documenting everyday life, but I prefer it when his film are quieter and more introverted. Still, some great performances, fine camera work and a strong focus on the drama make this a worthy film. Just not exceptional.

After the Storm poster

After the Storm

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Umi Yori Mo Mada Fukaku
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 118 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5
I Wish poster

I Wish

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Kiseki
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 128 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5
Still Walking poster

Still Walking

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Aruitemo Aruitemo
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 115 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5
Hana Yori mo Naho poster

Hana Yori mo Naho

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 127 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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3.5
Without Memory poster

Without Memory

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Kioku Ga Ushinawareta Toki
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 75 mins
Genre
Documentary
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3.5

The inoffensive

The Third Murder poster

The Third Murder

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Sandome no Satsujin
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 124 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama, Mystery
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3.0

Koreeda doing a murder mystery/prison drama. While the quality present is obvious, Koreeda's style doesn't really blend well with the genre. The film is a little too narrative-driven and it gets a bit boring whenever things need to move forward. Not bad, but Koreeda can do much better.

Kaidan Horror Classics poster

Kaidan Horror Classics

by Masayuki Ochiai, Shinya Tsukamoto, Sang-il Lee, Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Ayashiki Bungo Kaidan
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 163 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.0

Decent anthology, sadly without stand-out entries. Kaidan stories aren't very scary or gory, so don't expect any modern horror action. Tsukamoto and Koreeda deliver the best entries, Lee's one is decent, the only subpar short is coming from Ochiai. Ironically, the only true horror director present.

Lessons from a Calf poster

Lessons from a Calf

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Mou Hitotsu no Kyouiku - Ina Shogakkou Haru Gumi no Kiroku
Specifics
Japan [1991] - 47 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0

Koreeda's first stand-alone project. It's a short doc on a class that takes care of a calf and has its entire curriculum based on that experience. It's a disarming doc that shows kids can handle mature issues if handled properly. Koreeda's "show, don't tell" approach is already on display here, production values are low though.

Dubious filler

August without Him poster

August without Him

by Hirokazu Koreeda
Also know as
Kare no Inai Hachigatsu Ga
Specifics
Japan [1994] - 77 mins
Genre
Documentary
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