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Like Father, Like Son rating: green light

Like Father Like Son green light

Powerful Japanese film about children switched at birth who challenge the love and hope of their rediscovered parents six years later. Beautiful and heartbreaking, from the masterful Hirokazu Koreeda.
I’m “biast” (pro): adore Hirokazu Koreeda’s films

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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Like Father, Like Son (2013)
US/Can release: Jan 17 2014
UK/Ire release: Oct 18 2013

MPAA: not rated
BBFC: rated PG (contains infrequent mild sex references)

viewed in 2D
viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

IMDb | trailer
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  • Mokonachan

    I watched this again. The ending is ambiguous, but I discussed the ending with my family, and my mother believed they will stay with the arrangement they made, b/c at the end of the day, you would want to be with your birth parents f it was possible.

  • I agree. I think they stay with the arrangement, but expand it so that both families spend lots of time together.

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