Fortunate enough to catch a 35mm print of this film at Vancity's Cinematheque.

Amazing debut and one of Koreeda's best. Moving and engaging. And Koreeda has always been great with children.

There are a few shots in this film that would be considered iconic if the film was more widely known - for those who have seen it, I'm referring to the reflections of the playing children in the lake, sweeping the basement stairs with the light streaming through the window and the perfectly framed shot of the funeral procession. I wish Masao Nakabori went on to shoot more.