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A Movie “Like Father, Like Son” (Japanese Title:Soshite Chichi ni Naru – そして父になる) 12/12/13

December 12, 2013

Like “The Armstrong Lie”, it has been for a while since I saw this movie. I went to see this movie at AFI Fest in Los Angeles. It is a beautiful family story. Ryota Nonomiya (Masaharu Fukuyama) is a successful businessman driven by money and fame.  He is a hard working (typical) Japanese man. He seems very arrogant. He believes nothing can stop him pursuing the perfect life with a beautiful wife and a son. 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. That is a hard decision to make between ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’. Ryota also starts to question himself whether he has been a ‘father’ all these years or not…  I cried at many moments…