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CineMasters: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda began his career as a documentary maker in the late 1980s, but it was his 1995 fiction feature debut Maborosi that set the tone for the style he would become known and loved for. His films tend to be gentle, observational dramas, often revolving around families and children. They also unfailingly offer a depth of characterisation and emotion that is rarely achieved by other contemporary filmmakers. Through looking closely at everyday humanity, Kore-eda uncovers subtle and profound truths about life. These films are good for the soul.

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