Eight things we learned:
- A Hollywood remake of LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON is planned at Steven Spielberg's studio.
- There were incidents such as in LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON in the 1970s. Kore-eda did research. In a way based on something that actually happened. Almost in 100 percent of cases they chose blood. These days he surmised might not be as many. Blood is thicker than water in Japanese culture.
- Working with children, Hirokazu hasn't been giving them scripts for the last 10 years. He tries to improvise them. He whispers the situation. Using their language spoken at the audition, the director adds to the script, e.g. the child who played the son of the electrical repair shop owner only used two phrases, "why" and "oh my god" - so incorporated into the film.
- Originally Kore-eda wanted to be a novelist, but decided that university couldn't teach him to be one, so stopped attending. There were lots of cinemas nearby, and went regularly for five years.
- Kore-eda has a huge respect for Hsiao-hsien Hou, showing his first film to the director to see what he thought. Hou told him off for the way he filmed it, to not be so prescribed, let the film unfold naturally.
- How to make a film is the basis for AFTER LIFE. There were lots of remake offers, but has stalled - no remakes have occurred yet.
- Fellini is his biggest influence.
- Ken Loach is someone he admires, in particular KES.
My review of LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, click here.