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Hirokazu Koreeda

Hirokazu Koreeda

Japanese film director, producer and screenplay writer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Japanese film director, producer and screenplay writer
Countries Japan
Occupations Film director Film producer Screenwriter Film editor
A.K.A. Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Gender male
Birth June 6, 1962 (Tokyo)
Education Waseda University
The details

Hirokazu Koreeda (是枝 裕和, Koreeda Hirokazu, born June 6, 1962) is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter and editor.


Koreeda worked as an assistant director on documentaries for TV Man Union. He directed his first television documentary, Lessons from a Calf, in 1991. His 2013 film Like Father, Like Son was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. It won the Jury Prize and won a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury. In October 2013 it won the Rogers People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival. His 2015 film Our Little Sister was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. His 2016 film After the Storm debuted to critical acclaim at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category.

Style and influences

According to the Harvard Film Archive, Koreeda's works "reflect the contemplative style and pacing of such luminaries as Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-liang."

In a 2009 interview, Koreeda stated that Still Walking was based on his own family.


Hirokazu Koreeda at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
Year Title Notes
1991 Lessons from a Calf Director (documentary)
1991 However... Director (documentary)
1994 August without Him Director (documentary)
1995 Maborosi Director
1996 Without Memory Director (documentary)
1998 After Life Director, writer, editor
2001 Distance Director, writer, editor
2004 Nobody Knows Director, producer, writer
2006 Hana Director, writer
2008 Still Walking Director, writer, editor
2008 Daijōbu Dearu Yō ni: Cocco Owaranai Tabi Director (documentary)
2009 Air Doll Director, producer, writer, editor
2011 I Wish Director, writer
2013 Like Father, Like Son Director, writer, editor
2015 Our Little Sister Director, writer, editor
2016 After the Storm Director, writer, editor


  • Lessons from a Calf (1991)
  • Going My Home (2012)


  • 1995: Venice Film Festival - Golden Osella, Best Director (Maborosi)
  • 1998: Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema - Best Film and Best Screenplay (Wonderful Life)
  • 2004: Blue Ribbon Awards - Best Film and Best Director (Nobody Knows)
  • 2009: Asian Film Awards - Best Director (Still Walking)
  • 2013: Cannes Film Festival - Jury award (Like Father, Like Son)
  • 2015: Yokohama Film Festival - Best Director (Our Little Sister)
  • 2016: Films from the South - Best Film (After the Storm)

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