Hirokazu Kore-eda’s After the Storm airs Monday, May 29 at the Vernon Towne Cinema. After the Storm is the story of Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), centre, an estranged father attempting to reconnect with his family during a typhoon. (GAGA Corporation photo)

Japanese film tells story of a broken family

The Vernon Film Society presents After the Storm Monday, May 29 at the Vernon Towne Cinema

The Vernon Film Society presents After the Storm Monday, May 29 at the Vernon Towne Cinema.

Directed by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda (Our Little Sister, Like Father, Like Son), After the Storm is a gentle story showing how Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a failed writer, gambler, and third-rate detective, tries to regain the trust of his estranged family while offering them shelter during a typhoon. Those who have seen Kore-eda’s past offerings will recognize recurring themes such as the attempt to find harmony in a community and the traumatic impact of divorce on a child’s life.

Shot in a housing complex where the director lived as a child , After the Storm is supported by an exceptional cast featuring an unusually irreverent Kirin Kiki as Ryota’s mother.

“(Kore-eda) keeps the melancholy tale of a broken family reunited briefly by a typhoon on a slow simmer until the last act, which is sprinkled with small epiphanies about our humble existence,” said Maggie Lee of Variety magazine.

After the Storm is showing at the Vernon Towne Cinema Monday, May 29 at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are available for one week leading up to the show at the cinema and Bean Scene Coffee House. Cash only. Subtitled. Rated PG for coarse language.