This new Blu-ray collection combines four career-defining titles by Palme d'Or winning director Hirokazu Koreeda – one of Japanese cinema’s most celebrated auteurs. The set features his austerely beautiful debut Maborosiand lyrical fantasy After Life, alongside Nobody Knowsand Still Walking, films that cemented Koreeda's reputation as an heir to Ozu and a chronicler of the modern Japanese family.
Available on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK, the four films included in Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda celebrate the richness, diversity, beauty and humanity of the director’s work and essential viewing for fans of contemporary world cinema.
Birthplace (2003, 29 mins): actress Makiko Esumi takes the viewer on a tour of the films locations, featuring behind-the scenes stills and on-set footage
Newly recorded audio commentary on Maborosi by filmmaker and writer Jasper Sharp
Hirokazu Koreeda Screentalk (2013, 45 mins): the director in conversation with Jasper Sharp at the 2013 London Film Festival
Interview with Arata (2003, 15 mins): an interview with the actor and star of After Life, Arata Iura
Deleted scenes (1998, 17 mins): a selection of deleted scenes from After Life
Newly recorded audio commentary on After Life by writer and curator Tara Judah
Behind the scenes on Nobody Knows (2004, 7 mins): Behind-the-scenes footage of Koreeda at work with his cast and crew
Newly recorded audio commentary on Nobody Knows by Japanese-Australian filmmaker, writer and academic Kenta McGrath
Making Still Walking (2008, 29 mins): a featurette showing the cast and crew at work behind the scenes
Still Walking Q&A (2019, 33 mins): Hirokazu Koreeda in conversation with Michael Leader at BFI Southbank
Newly recorded audio commentary on Still Walking by Alexander Jacoby
Still Walking gallery
72-page book including new writing by David Jenkins, Jessica Kiang, Michael Leader, Alexander Jacoby and Jasper Sharp. Also includes interviews with the director, original reviews and full film credits