Hirokazu Kore-eda

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Hirokazu Kore-eda
是枝 裕和
Hirokazu Kore-eda Cannes 2015.jpg
Born (1962-06-06) 6 June 1962 (age 58)
Tokyo, Japan
Alma materWaseda University
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor
Years active1989–present
Japanese name
Hiraganaこれえだ ひろかず
Katakanaコレエダ ヒロカズ

Hirokazu Kore-eda (是枝 裕和, Koreeda Hirokazu, born 6 June 1962) is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor. He began his career in television and has since directed more than a dozen feature films, including Nobody Knows (2004), Still Walking (2008), and After the Storm (2016). He won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for Like Father, Like Son and won the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for Shoplifters.


Before embarking on a career as a film director, Kore-eda worked as an assistant director on documentaries for television. He eventually transitioned into directing, and directed his first television documentary, Lessons from a Calf, in 1991. He directed several other documentary films thereafter.[1]

In 1995, at the Venice Film Festival, his first fiction feature film Maborosi won a Golden Osella Award for Best Cinematography. At the 1999 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, he won awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay for his film After Life.

In 2005, he won the Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Film and Best Director for his film Nobody Knows. His 2008 film, Still Walking, also earned accolades, including Best Director at the 2009 Asian Film Awards.

His 2013 film, Like Father, Like Son, premiered and was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[2] It eventually did not win, but it won the Jury Prize,[3] as well as a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury.[4] In October 2013, the film won the Rogers People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival.[5]

Kore-eda's 2015 film, Our Little Sister, was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, though it did not win.[6] His 2016 film, After the Storm, debuted to critical acclaim at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category.[7] For his work on the film, he won the award for Best Director at the Yokohama Film Festival.[8] Kore-eda won Best Film and Best Director Japan Academy Prizes for his film The Third Murder (2017), which also screened in the main competition of the 74th Venice International Film Festival.[9]

In 2018, his film, titled Shoplifters, about a young girl that is welcomed in by a family of shoplifters, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or.[10] It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

In 2018, he won the Donostia Award for his lifetime achievement at San Sebastián International Film Festival.

In 2020, it was announced that he will direct Baby, Box, Broker. The film will be set in South Korea, featuring a predominantly South Korean cast and crew. [11]

Style and influences[edit]

According to the Harvard Film Archive, Kore-eda's works "reflect the contemplative style and pacing of such luminaries as Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang".[12]

Kore-eda is most often compared to Yasujirō Ozu, although the director has said he feels influenced by Ken Loach and Japanese director Mikio Naruse.[13]

In a 2009 interview, Kore-eda revealed that Still Walking is based on his own family.[14]




Hirokazu Kore-eda at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Editor Producer
1991 Lessons from a Calf Yes Documentary
1991 However... Yes Yes Documentary
1994 August without Him Yes Documentary
1995 Maborosi Yes
1998 After Life Yes Yes Yes
2001 Distance Yes Yes Yes
2004 Nobody Knows Yes Yes Yes Yes
2006 Hana Yes Yes Yes
2008 Still Walking Yes Yes Yes
2008 Daijōbu Dearu Yō ni: Cocco Owaranai Tabi Yes Documentary
2009 Air Doll Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 I Wish Yes Yes Yes
2012 The Message from Fukushima (short) Yes Documentary
2013 Like Father, Like Son Yes Yes Yes
2015 Our Little Sister Yes Yes Yes
2016 After the Storm Yes Yes Yes
2017 The Third Murder Yes Yes Yes
2018 Shoplifters Yes Yes Yes Yes
2019 The Truth Yes Yes Yes French film
TBA Baby, Box, Broker Yes Yes Korean film


  • Nonfix (1991)
  • Without Memory (1996)
  • Kaidan Horror Classics (2010)
  • Going My Home (2012)
  • Ishibumi (2015)
  • Kasumi Arimura's Filming Break (episode 1, 2020)

Frequent collaborators[edit]

Kore-eda often casts the same actors in his narrative films, in particular Kirin Kiki and Susumu Terajima, both of whom have appeared in six of Kore-eda's films. Other performers who have collaborated with Kore-eda on multiple films include Hiroshi Abe, Arata, Tadanobu Asano, Lily Franky, Isao Hashizume, Ryo Kase, and Yui Natsukawa.

Actor / Actress Maborosi (1995) After Life (1998) Distance (2001) Nobody Knows (2004) Hana (2006) Still Walking (2008) Air Doll (2009) I Wish (2011) Like Father, Like Son (2013) Our Little Sister (2015) After the Storm (2016) The Third Murder (2017) Shoplifters (2018) The Truth (2019) Baby, Box, Broker (TBA)
Hiroshi Abe Yes Yes Yes
Arata Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tadanobu Asano Yes Yes Yes
Bae Doona Yes Yes
Akira Emoto Yes Yes
Lily Franky Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jun Fubuki Yes Yes
Masaharu Fukuyama Yes Yes
Yoshio Harada Yes Yes
Isao Hashizume Yes Yes Yes
Suzu Hirose Yes Yes
Sosuke Ikematsu Yes Yes
Yūsuke Iseya Yes Yes
Ryo Kase Yes Yes Yes
Kirin Kiki Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jun Kunimura Yes Yes
Yōko Maki Yes Yes
Masami Nagasawa Yes Yes
Takashi Naito Yes Yes
Yui Natsukawa Yes Yes Yes Yes
Joe Odagiri Yes Yes
Kazuya Takahashi Yes Yes
Susumu Terajima Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sayaka Yoshino Yes Yes
You Yes Yes
Matsuoka Izumi Yes Yes Yes

Personal life[edit]

It is said Kore-eda has married and has a daughter (born in 2007).[15]


  1. ^ Gerow, Aaron. "Documentarists of Japan #12: Koreeda Hirokazu". Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  2. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Festival de Cannes. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Cannes Film Festival: Awards 2013". Cannes. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Cannes: 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Wins Fipresci Prize". Variety. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  5. ^ Tomlin, Raymond. "VIFF 2013: Award Winners Announced for 2013 Film Festival". www.vanramblings.com. Van Ramblings.
  6. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Festival de Cannes. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015.
  7. ^ Lee, Maggie (21 May 2016). "Cannes Film Review: 'After the Storm'". Variety. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b 「海街diary」が5冠、「お盆の弟」が4冠 (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. Archived from the original on 6 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Venice Competition Includes Films From George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro, Darren Aronofsky". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  10. ^ Debruge, Peter (19 May 2018). "Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Shoplifters' Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes". Variety. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  11. ^ https://www.indiewire.com/2020/08/song-kang-ho-hirokazu-kore-eda-korean-movie-1234582548/
  12. ^ "The Films of Hirokazu Koreeda". Harvard Film Archive. 25 February 2005. Archived from the original on 12 January 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Hirokazu Kore-eda: 'They compare me to Ozu. But I'm more like Ken Loach'". 21 May 2015.
  14. ^ Interview with Hirokazu Kore-eda, MUBI.com; accessed 27 February 2018.
  15. ^ [1] おまとめコレクション

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