Not to be all guy-who-has-seen-Koreeda's-After-Life but when something cribs so openly (and so much!) from one of your favorite movies it's got a hill to climb that I don't think this fully does. Still liked this, driven by a wonderful score and a terrific final scene, but its cloying middle portion prevents this from really soaring. Soulful and moving performance from Duke in the kind of role you'd love to see him more readily have access to.
A strong debut and the kind of thing that indicates lots of ability, I just hope Oda sets himself more apart from his influences in his next work.