Touching Trailer for Like Father, Like Son

Check out the U.S. trailer for Like Father, Like Son, a Japanese drama that tells the story of a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. Written and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, who brought us the touching Nobody Knows, this looks like a beautiful drama that discusses the relationship between parents and their children, and how blood can affect the emotional bonds between them.

Unfortunately, this film portrays a situation that does happen around the world. It’s not common, but it happens. If the scenario was reversed, and the child doesn’t know who his father is, he can look for a paternity test in his area that will be able to give him the results he’s looking for. And then it will be his choice about whether he wants to have a relationship with his father or not. But imagine the pain it must cause a parent knowing that the child they’ve bought up all their lives isn’t biologically theirs? It must be heartbreaking. And this film is the perfect representation of what could happen when they find themselves going through this situation.

Official synopsis for Like Father, Like Son:

The “switched at birth” urban legend and the Nature vs. Nurture debate provide Hirokazu Kore-eda with a fresh opportunity to revisit his ongoing preoccupation with family dynamics and parent-child relationships in contemporary Japan. The life of go-getting workaholic architect Ryota-one of comfort and quietly ordered affluence with his wife Midori and son Keita-is violently overturned when hospital administrators reveal the unthinkable: Keita is not his biological son. Due to a switch at the hospital, his “true” son has been raised in the disheveled but warm-hearted home of working-class shopkeeper Yudai and his wife. The different approaches of both couples to their excruciating dilemma and the gradual emotional awakening of the all-too-rational Ryota are at the core of this sensitive drama of family feeling, which showcases Kore-eda’s rich sense of humanity.

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Starring Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yoko Maki, Riri Furanki, and Lily Franky.

ETA: USA (Limited) – 17 January, 2014. Available On Video On Demand January 24.