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Like Father Like Son (2013/Sundance Selects/MPI DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: D Film: A

Ryota and his wife Midori learns their 6 year old son, Keita, is not their son, he was accidentally switched at birth in the hospital. After tracking down their real son, both sides now have to decide weather to switch back their biological child, but either way, gaining a son means losing the son they have been raising for 6 years. Both sides contemplates what to do, but whatever they decide it will define "What does it mean to be a parent?"

In Hirokazu Koreeda's Like Father, Like Son (2013), Ryota is an upper class businessman, but after discovering his child was not of his bloodline he realizes it all makes sense, the perfect excuse why his current son isn't super smart and hard working like him, and it is the perfect chance to start over with his 'real' son. However, his wife Midori refuses to believe that the past six years has been in vain, and that there is some connection even though they are not blood related. Only after switching sons does Ryota realize his mistake and misses the times and experiences he shared with his son.

This was an interesting family drama of nature vs. nurture, is blood and lineage truly important? A social elite who is a perfectionist and workaholic, after discovering his child was not his has the perfect excuse to blame his child's flaws, but then is a child a reflection of his parents or how he was raised by the parents? In the end both families value their biological child, but can't help but still love the child they raised, yet there is much more to this and I highly recommend it.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix are as good as they could be in this format and made me wish for a Blu-ray version. Extras include trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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