Ozu-esque is the word that sprang to my mind when watching Hirokazu Kore-eda’s culturally specific yet emotionally relatable nuanced family dramas for the first time. Like Mr. Yasujiro Ozu, Kore-eda goes for…
The similarities lie in their influences, character motives, obsession with details, and rejection of social conventions. Both filmmakers primarily focus on human behavior.
A mother and a daughter prepare a meal as the brother pushes his wife to not stay the night. They are on their way for a family reunion, as they are mourning the death of the eldest son of the family. We see the father, who is not really happy with the way his son turned out walking past the town. The family is not as broken as the pieces of tiles in the bathroom but still they don’t walk together. Their steps don’t match, but they still walk. Maybe, one after the other or vice-versa. The father wants to put off his profession onto the next clan, but the way the son snatches his writings from being embarrassed tell us otherwise.