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 60)
Alma materWaseda University
Occupation(s)Film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor
Years active1991–present
Japanese name
Hiraganaこれえだ ひろかず

Hirokazu Kore-eda (是枝 裕和, Koreeda Hirokazu, born 6 June 1962)[1] 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[2] and won the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for Shoplifters.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Kore-eda's father was born in Taiwan before being conscripted into the Japanese military during World War II and detained in Siberia for 3 years after the end of the war.[4] His paternal grandparents could not marry under Japanese law at the time as they had the same last name, so they eloped to Taiwan where they could, which was then under Japanese colonial rule.[5] He has cited this as a reason for his affinity toward Taiwan.[6]

Kore-eda was born in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan. He is the youngest of three children with two older sisters.[7] From a young age, Kore-eda would spend time watching movies with his mother. He said through an interpreter, "My mother loved films! She adored Ingrid Bergman, Joan Fontaine, Vivien Leigh. We couldn’t afford to go together to the cinema, but she was always watching their movies on TV. She stopped all family business or discussions to watch these movies. We would watch together. So I adored film – like her."[8]

After seeing Japan win the gold medal in men's volleyball at the 1972 Munich Olympics, he started playing in middle school. He rose to team captain in high school as a setter.[9]

He initially failed his entrance exams, but was accepted into Waseda University a year later.[9] After graduating from Waseda University's Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences in 1987, Kore-eda worked on documentaries, where he was subject to aggressive management. He has cited this as being the reason he tries to avoid becoming angry on his sets and to encourage a happy work environment.

Kore-eda was married in 2002 and has one daughter, born in 2007.[7]


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.[10]

In 1995, at the Venice Film Festival, his first fiction feature film Maborosi won a Golden Osella Award for Best Cinematography.[11] At the first Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema in 1999,[12] he won awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay for his film After Life.[13]

In 2005, he won the Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Film and Best Director for his film Nobody Knows.[14] His 2008 film, Still Walking, also earned accolades, including Best Director at the 2009 Asian Film Awards,[15] and the Golden Ástor for Best Film at the 2008 Mar del Plata International Film Festival.[16]

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,[17] as well as a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury.[18] In October 2013, the film won the Rogers People's Choice Award at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival.[19]

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.[20] His 2016 film, After the Storm, debuted to critical acclaim at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category.[21] For his work on the film, he won the award for Best Director at the Yokohama Film Festival.[22] 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.[23]

In 2018, his film, titled Shoplifters, about a young girl who is welcomed in by a family of shoplifters, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or.[3] It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[24]

In 2018, he won the Donostia Award for his lifetime achievement at San Sebastián International Film Festival.[25]

In 2019, Kore-eda directed The Truth, starring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke. It is his first film shot in Europe and not in his native language.[26]

In 2021, Kore-eda directed Broker. The film was shot in South Korea, featuring a predominantly South Korean cast and crew.[27] It was first released on June 8, 2022.[28] The film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022 and won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

In January 2022, it was announced that Kore-eda would be working with a team of directors including Megumi Tsuno, Hiroshi Okuyama, and Takuma Sato on a nine-episode series called The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House, adapted from the manga Kiyo in Kyoto.[29]

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".[30]

Kore-eda is most often compared to Yasujirō Ozu, however he has stated he feels more influenced by British director Ken Loach and Japanese director Mikio Naruse.[8]

In a 2009 interview, Kore-eda revealed that Still Walking is based on his own family.[31]



Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Editor Producer
1991 Lessons from a Calf Yes No No No Documentary
1991 However... Yes No No Yes Documentary
1994 August without Him Yes No No No Documentary
1995 Maborosi Yes No No Yes
1998 After Life Yes Yes Yes No
2001 Distance Yes Yes Yes No
2004 Nobody Knows Yes Yes Yes Yes
2006 Hana Yes Yes Yes No
2008 Still Walking Yes Yes Yes No
2008 Daijōbu Dearu Yō ni: Cocco Owaranai Tabi Yes No No No Documentary
2009 Air Doll Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 I Wish Yes Yes Yes No
2012 The Message from Fukushima (short) Yes No No No Documentary
2013 Like Father, Like Son Yes Yes Yes No
2015 Our Little Sister Yes Yes Yes No
2016 After the Storm Yes Yes Yes No
2017 The Third Murder Yes Yes Yes No
2018 Shoplifters Yes Yes Yes Yes
2019 The Truth Yes Yes Yes No French film
2022 Broker Yes Yes Yes No South Korean film



Hirokazu Kore-eda at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

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) Broker (2022) Monster (2023)
Hiroshi Abe Yes Yes Yes
Sakura Ando 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



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