Of Flesh and Blood: The Films of Hirokazu Kore-eda
With the release of last year’s critically-adored Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda cemented his reputation as a leading figure of contemporary world cinema. Like Yasujirō Ozu, Ingmar Bergman and Ken Loach, Kore-eda’s films are strikingly intimate human stories, with beautifully realised characters. His family dramas range from the profoundly personal to wider observations of culture and tradition, burying deep into the heart of the family unit to examine modern-day Japanese society.
This April and May, join us as we revisit Kore-eda’s body of work with a selection of our favourite titles: a perfect introduction for anyone new to the director, or those who don’t want to miss the opportunity to see the making of a master on the big screen.
"Kore-eda is a modern master of intricate and nuanced family dramas." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.
Upcoming films & events
- After Life PG
- Considered by many critics to be Kore-eda’s masterpiece, After Life takes place in a waystation for the recently deceased, where the dead are invited to choose a single memory to spend eternity with.
- Thu 23 May
- Shoplifters 15
- When Osamu and his son happen upon a little girl, alone in the cold, they take her back to their ramshackle home. Although the family are themselves relying on petty theft to make ends meet, they welcome this forgotten child as one of their own.
- Sat 25 May
- Wed 29 May