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Still Walking (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (2008)

Hiroshi Abe , Yui Natsukawa , Hirokazu Kore-eda  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You, Kazuya Takahashi, Shohei Tanaka
  • Directors: Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CIIXDM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Still Walking (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
  • New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Hirokazu Kore-eda and director of photography Yutaka Yamazaki, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interviews with Kore-eda and Yamazaki
  • Making �Still Walking�
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Dennis Lim and recipes for the food prepared in the film

  • Editorial Reviews

    The lyrical, profoundly moving STILL WALKING is the most personal work to date from contemporary Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Maborosi, After Life, Nobody Knows). Fashioned as a tribute to his parents, the film depicts one day in the life of the Yokoyamas, gathered together for a celebratory ritual that only gradually makes itself clear. 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. Featuring vivid, heartrending performances and a gentle naturalism that harks back to the director�s earlier, documentary work, STILL WALKING is an extraordinary portrayal of the ties that bind us.

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    35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray
    Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda has made some terrific, understated dramas. Emotional, heartfelt, and real--Kore-eda's films capture true moments without ever descending into theatrics, melodrama, or false sentimentality. His "Nobody Knows," a decidedly bleak story of child abandonment, might have been a very different and over-the-top horror show had Kore-eda not nailed it with a quiet intensity and remarkable realism. But as much as I admired "Nobody Knows," and "After Life" for that matter, I think that my personal favorite is "Still Walking." And I'm thrilled that this understated gem is getting the Criterion stamp so more people will experience this lovely film. Perhaps the most realistic and intimate portrait of a family gathering ever put on film, "Still Walking" perfectly captures all the nuances that make families tick. Tender, funny, frustrating--all the love and obligations that bring people together share space with the disappointments and misunderstandings that drive them apart.

    This is not a plot focused narrative, but rather a character driven sociological examination of a typical family unit. Marking the anniversary of the death of their son, a elderly couple are joined by their other grown children for an annual ritual of respect. Their daughter, with whom they share a close relationship, is on hand to assist in the preparations with her husband and two children. But much of the event centers around the return of the other son (Ryota) accompanied by his new wife and stepson. Ryota is a wayward soul who has lived in the shadow of his dead brother and he dreads these visits home. Much of the movie takes place over cooking or over dining with shared jokes, reminiscences, and familial banter.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, understated, beautiful ... November 25, 2010
    Format:Blu-ray
    Many elements that are supposed to be in a good movie aren't here ... nothing happens, no one changes, life remains the same for all the characters. And yet ... this movie is brilliant. It is one day in the life (with a brief epilogue) of a family that's not much different from any other family -- Japanese or otherwise. There are no big, dramatic moments, things are revealed elliptically -- it might seem slow moving at first, but one soon adapts to its pace. If you liked Kore-eda's previous films, I guarantee you'll like this one.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of Life... February 28, 2011
    Format:Blu-ray
    I really enjoyed this movie for what is was; a slice of ordinary life. This is a film whose story is told in the quiet moments of life, a film in which you must read in between the lines to fully understand. If you aren't in a contemplative mood it may be a little slow at times, but upon reflection the pace of the movie mirrors the type of family life being depicted perfectly.

    I will admit, for much of the film I found myself enjoying it...yet in the back of my mind, wishing for some sort of major conflict or plot point to spice things up. That being said, I don't think that would have been appropriate and would have cheapened the deeper story being softly told in the film. The theme which is related mostly to family, loss, and ageing is best told in the gracefully slow and meditative manner in which this film presents it. Again, I must make a point to recommend watching this movie when you are in a contemplative mood, as you will get much more out of it in that state.

    This is a perfect example of film as anti-escapism. Certain people watch movies to get their minds off of life...Hollywood blockbusters which focus more on special effects than character development are a perfect example of this. The idea is to 'shut off your mind and have a good time'...and there's nothing wrong with that. However, I find a film which speaks to the deeper issues in life infinitely more valuable. Still Walking is such a movie...it grows better and better upon reflection.

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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A simply complicated slice-of-life March 15, 2011
    Format:Blu-ray
    Seemingly inspired by Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story, this film is masterfully written, directed, photographed and acted.

    The audience is a witness to a very simple gathering of a family to commemorate a brother and son's untimely death.
    It is minimalistic in its direction and yet acutely aware of its details. Dialogue flows effortlessly as if it were never scripted. The characters' emotions are held behind Japanese culture of modesty and humility. The characters are petty, silly, begrudging and sad. They all struggle with emotions that are universal to all families.

    The pacing is perfect but some may find it slow. This isn't a hollywood movie. There are no fights, no blood, no gore, no profanity and no sex. Audiences are free to interpret their emotional reactions and never feel like your being manipulated. We don't see a build of emotion and a final cathartic explosion that leads to a happy ending. It's much more realistic than our usual main-stream family drama fare. Some scenes can make one viewer sad while another might smile wistfully.

    It is beautiful in its honesty. It is poignant while remaining unpretentious.

    Beyond using the word bittersweet, the only other way I can describe the feeling this movie gave me was the feeling you get when you hold back your tears. It's like crying through a smile.

    I can fully understand why some may find this film exceptionally boring but I couldn't look away. I was entranced. The beautiful cinematography, the human characters and the soft and simple musical score worked their magic around me and didn't let go.

    It's a visual poem.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    love it.... very good play wright would like to find more films by Hiroshi Abe>
    Published 25 days ago by Mr.Miyagi54
    5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting film
    At base, this film is about a family dealing with tragedy.

    But it doesn't floor you with melodrama. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Jimmy Jam
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Watch fro Koreeda Fan!
    I know the director from watching this film,then go back to his other works. Though I love all of his film,Still Walking remain the master piece for me.
    Published 5 months ago by vesarat
    4.0 out of 5 stars Family drama
    Very well presented exploration of the innermost thoughts and of an entire family and how they are revealed during the evening of a reunion dinner.
    Published 17 months ago by Linda
    2.0 out of 5 stars one of the most boring movies I've ever seen
    This is an indoor family drama about a Japanese family who still have yet to come to terms over the untimely death of a promising son, years before. Read more
    Published 22 months ago by Caraculiambro
    3.0 out of 5 stars Revealing But Unpleasant
    I hope few Japanese families are this cold. Each year they morbidly get together on the anniversary of the eldest (favorite) son's death while saving a kid from drowning (who is... Read more
    Published 23 months ago by mr. contrarian
    5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air...
    There are some films that say a whole lot while remaining, for the most part, silent. `Still Walking' is one of those films, for it remains quiet throughout, exploring subtlety as... Read more
    Published 23 months ago by Andrew Ellington
    3.0 out of 5 stars To understand is to appreciate families
    This 2008 film is not for everyone, especially for people who do not appreciate family films, family values, family dissension. It can be slow, so be prepared. Read more
    Published on June 23, 2012 by ⚫ RIZZO ⚫
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great
    The acting is fantastic in that it is all natural- there is no scenery chewing, and Kore-eda's well-paced and naturalistic script, the understated but deftly placed musical score... Read more
    Published on June 21, 2012 by Cosmoetica
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Family Portrait
    Much like Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill, Still Walking is hard to describe in a single logline. While it is a family drama that unfolds mostly during the anniversary of the... Read more
    Published on April 24, 2012 by Thomas Raven
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