After the Storm is the latest film from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda. In all his films, Kore-eda always manages to depict the tensions and relationships within a family with plenty of beauty, intelligence and genuine emotions. After the Storm continues this mature exploration of family dynamics and depicts how individual family members cope after a divorce.
In After the Storm, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) is a prize winning novelist who is down on his luck. He hasn’t finished his second book and has to work as a private detective to pay his bills. He is divorced from his wife but is determined to find a way to be relevant in his son’s life again. Yet, he can barely pay for child support and loses any money he earns on gambling. Set in the outskirts of Tokyo, After the Storm uses a smart mix of humour and honesty to depict the unexpected paths people find themselves in.