Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda‘s critically-acclaimed drama Like Father, Like Son won the top award at the Vancouver International Film Festival on Sunday, as it was awarded the People’s Choice Award. The switched at birth drama also won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Fest earlier this year and has won acclaim as it makes the rounds of the festival circuit.
The family drama is about a father who finds out his biological son was switched at birth and now has to decide between his long-lost son and the one he raised as his own. Koreeda has long been a favorite in European film fests with works like Still Walking and Air Doll, but his movies have usually not done well in his native Japan. It must have struck a chord this time around as it opened at the top of the box office last month and has continued to do well with audiences and critics alike. Film reviewer Daniel Rutledge called it “a deeply moving film about fatherhood … of the utmost elegance and grace.”
The film has also been reportedly been picked up for a Hollywood remake by Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been responsible for most of the Oscar award-wining films of the past years, like The King’s Speech, The Artist and Silver Linings Playbook. There are no details yet whether or not Koreeda will also be directing the US remake of the movie.
[ via Ani News ]
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