Hirokazu Koreeda (centre) directs Hiroshi Abe (left) and Kirin Kiki on the set of After the Storm.

How Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda cultivates actors’ hidden potential

Former Japanese heartthrob Hiroshi Abe’s performance as a lonely has-been in After the Storm is the latest example of the filmmaker’s ability to dig deep into his actors’ psyches to draw intimate performances

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Hirokazu Koreeda (centre) directs Hiroshi Abe (left) and Kirin Kiki on the set of After the Storm.
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