“I’m so entranced by what unfolds in front of the camera. It seems wonderfully out of my control”
In 2018, Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Cannes Palme d’Or for Shoplifters, capping a quarter-century career in feature filmmaking that has made him the most critically acclaimed and among the most widely distributed of contemporary Japanese live-action directors.
The austerely beautiful style and haunting ambiguity of his fiction debut, Maborosi, announced a distinctive talent, while Nobody Knows and Still Walking cemented his reputation as an heir to Ozu and a chronicler of the modern Japanese family. But his characters range from the samurai of Hana to the blow-up doll come to life in Air Doll, and he proved as adept in the fantasy setting of After Life as in his realist dramas.
To tie in with our two-part retrospective showing at BFI Southbank in April and May 2019, browse our selection of currently available Kore-eda titles and experience the richness, diversity, beauty and humanity of his cinema.