Hirokazu Koreeda

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Hirokazu Koreeda
Hirokazu Kore-eda Cannes 2015.jpg
Native name 是枝 裕和
Born (1962-06-06) June 6, 1962 (age 55)
Tokyo, Japan
Alma mater Waseda University
Occupation Film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor
Years active 1989–present

Hirokazu Koreeda (是枝 裕和, Koreeda Hirokazu, born June 6, 1962) is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter and editor.

He is best-known for works such as Nobody Knows (2004) and Still Walking (2008).


Before embarking on a career as a director, Koreeda worked as an assistant director on documentaries for television. He later directed his first television documentary, Lessons from a Calf, in 1991.[1] His 2013 film Like Father, Like Son was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[2] It won the Jury Prize[3] and won a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury.[4]

In October 2013 it won the Rogers People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival.[5] His 2015 film Our Little Sister was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[6]

His 2016 film After the Storm debuted to critical acclaim at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category.

Style and influences[edit]

According to the Harvard Film Archive, Koreeda's works "reflect the contemplative style and pacing of such luminaries as Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang."[7]

In a 2009 interview, Koreeda stated that Still Walking was based on his own family.[8]



Hirokazu Koreeda at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
Year Title Notes
1991 Lessons from a Calf Director (documentary)
1991 However... Director (documentary)
1994 August without Him Director (documentary)
1995 Maborosi Director
1996 Without Memory Director (documentary)
1998 After Life Director, writer, editor
2001 Distance Director, writer, editor
2004 Nobody Knows Director, producer, writer
2006 Hana Director, writer
2008 Still Walking Director, writer, editor
2008 Daijōbu Dearu Yō ni: Cocco Owaranai Tabi Director (documentary)
2009 Air Doll Director, producer, writer, editor
2011 I Wish Director, writer
2013 Like Father, Like Son Director, writer, editor
2015 Our Little Sister Director, writer, editor
2016 After the Storm Director, writer, editor
2017 The Third Murder Director, writer, editor


  • Lessons from a Calf (1991)
  • Going My Home (2012)


  1. ^ Interview with Koreeda Hirokazu - Documentary Box (Interviewer: Aaron Gerow)
  2. ^ "2013 Official Selection". 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 26 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Tomlin, Raymond. "VIFF 2013: Award Winners Announced for 2013 Film Festival". www.vanramblings.com. Van Ramblings. 
  6. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Cannes. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Films of Hirokazu Koreeda". Harvard Film Archive. February 25, 2005. 
  8. ^ Interview with Hirokazu Koreeda, MUBI
  9. ^ 「海街diary」が5冠、「お盆の弟」が4冠 (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. Retrieved 2015-12-05. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "After Life" (Review) by Jonathan Ellis. Film Quarterly, Vol. no. 57, Issue no. 1, pp. 32–37. ISSN 0015-1386.
  • "This is your life: Tony Rayns interviews After Life's director Koreeda Hirokazu" Sight & Sound, March 1999.

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