A great entry-point into what makes Sturgess Sturgess.
Hirokazu Koreeda hides his hand well. Under the guise of an emotionally dense story about what qualifies as true parenthood, Koreeda hides his disdain for the traditional Japanese cultural restrictions regarding fatherhood. Fortunately, nothing in this film rings false as he never loses his sight of the fact that his primary goal here is to make a good film. Like his earlier film Still Walking, Like Father, Like Son contains an emotional resonance that usually can only be inspired by…