7.30pm Thursday April 24 at the Golden Lion, 116 Sydenham Road SE26 5JX map
£5 on the door, free to members!
A beautiful film about family, friends and the pains and joys of growing up, from director Hirokazu Koreeda.
Young Koichi lives with his Mum and grandparents in the southern region of Kyushu, while his brother, Ryu, is living with their Dad in the northern region. Their parents’ separation makes it difficult for the two young boys to see each other and Koichi’s only wish is for his family to be reunited.
Koichi and Ryu, played by real-life brothers Koki and Ohshirô Maeda, hatch a plan to utilise the ‘supernatural’ power created by the new Kyushu bullet trains to bring their family back together again. Koichi’s persistence and enthusiasm is heart-wrenching and reminds us of the wonderful innocence and hope that we have when growing up.
★★★★★ “This complex, delicate drama about two young boys living through their parents’ split is the real deal, and deeply satisfying.”
★★★★★ “Every performance works, every character fits, every observation rings true.” TIME OUT
★★★★★ “Hirokazu Koreeda is Japan’s greatest working filmmaker. End of.” LITTLE WHITE LIES