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  • 2013
  • film
  • Japan

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romanized soshite chichi ni naru
english Like Father, Like Son
aka father and son


genres drama, family


language Japanese


country Japan
type real
format film


date 05 Oct, 2013
duration 120 minutes
status released


avg. score 3.87 of 5 by 213 users
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What if one day you get a phone call that turns your life upside down? That's exactly what happens to the hardworking Ryouta and his wife Midori when they find out that their son was switched at birth and they've been raising a stranger's kid for six years. On top of that, the hospital officials want them to decide if they want to change their not-by-blood related son to their real son, and preferably before the boys start school in April.


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Nonomiya Ryouta
Nonomiya Midori
Saiki Yukari
Saiki Yuudai
Nonomiya Nobuko
Kamiyama Kazushi


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09 Jan, 2014
This movie focus in the family ties, and how this is influenced by social standards.

Soshite chichi ni Naru tells the story of Ryoata Nonomiya, a successful arquitect that have all: a great job, a nice house, a cheerful wife (Midori) and a lovely six years old boy(Keita). At the beginning of the movie we can see how Ryoata has very high expectations about his life and his family, the Nonomiya family wants the best education for Keita so they want to enroll him to an exclusive school. Also we can figure out that Ryoata pays more attention to his job than his family, Midori is then the one who cares of Keita.

Everything falls apart when the Nonomiya Family received a call from the hospital where Keita born six years ago, it seems that Keita is not their biological son as result of an “accidental” (or so they said) mistake they gave them the wrong baby.

It’s this moment went the question Which kid would you choose your biological kid or the one who has been with you from the past six years? appears, Midori breaks because she loves Keita more than anything but for Ryoata “everything has sense now”.

The other kid, his real son, has been raised by a modest family, loved and happy with the life he has: a father that plays with him, two younger siblings and a mother that loves him, he doesn't need anything else.

Through the movie we see how Ryoata learns that sharing the same blood may not be all in an parent relation, the unconditional love that a child can provide and how he may not be the best father after all.

The cast is by far one of the best I have seen in long time, Fukuyama Masaharu, Ono Machiko, Ono Machiko and Lily Franky (who represents a childish electrician who loves his family with the purest heart); the kids are adorable, I specially love Keita who is touching and lovely, all of them represent their characters in simple way that made them so realistic and unique.

The director, Koreeda, also edited and wrote the movie, the OST includes some wonderful pieces as Goldberg Variations by Batch. I saw this movie in theaters (the movie won recognition in several festivals so arrive to my country this weekend) if you had the opportunity to see it in big screen go you won’t regret it, simply beautiful.
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iluvlynx 13 Sep, 2017
The lighting and shooting was wonderful. The acting was also amazing. Predictable premise, as @pyapi said below, and I also recall it being a little slow. But the chemistry and the portrayal of the families was just so realistic, I didn't drop it.
pyapi 02 Jul, 2014
One could say the premise is predictable; I already knew the ending just a few minutes in. The way the movie develops, though, is wonderful. The acting, the setting, the atmosphere - it's all wonderful! The movie is great. A little slow, but it develops everything so nicely. I personally loved it!
aqu135 20 Jun, 2014
It was too long, but i loved everyone's acting except fukuyama
infidence 18 Apr, 2014
Just saw this in the cinema, pretty good movie but it was kinda slow phased.
myades 08 Jan, 2014
I just saw this movie yesterday, and is fantastic Koreeda Hirokazu has made a wonderful job with this movie, the direction, the actors (specially Fukuyama Masaharu and the kids ) feature very well theirs characters, also de music is gorgeous it really transport you between the two "worlds" between both families.

If you have the chance to see it in theaters don't miss it.
leylachan 30 Dec, 2013
misekeith 26 Oct, 2013
So good. Really Koreeda - I already loved your family movies, but this was simply superb.