The supplements are the most disappointing aspect of this release, totaling not even 70-minutes, counting the trailer.
First is an interview with Hirokazu Kore-eda, running 25-minutes. Itís an enlightening interview with the director as he talks about the development of the film and the more personal aspects. While he talks about early versions of the story, the family values present in the film, and the general shoot, the most interesting part of the interview is when he talks about the more personal elements found within the film, specifically his mother, comparing the mother in the film to her. He also talks about the comparisons people have made between him and Ozu, which he feels isnít entirely valid (if I understood him correctly he feels closer to Naruse than Ozu) and he also briefly mentions how he would have filmed the ending now.
The next interview is with director of photography Yutaka Yamazaki. At a brief 13-minutes he talks first about his early career and work in documentaries all the way up to first working with Kore-eda. In the last section of the interview he talks about working on Still Walking and goes over some of the shots. Unfortunately short but itís still an interesting interview.
Criterion next includes a making-of entitled Making ďStill WalkingĒ, running 29-minutes. Shot in standard definition (so it doesnít look pretty) it presents some behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot, including a few of the sequences around the table, footage of cast and crew practicing some for the recipes of the meals cooked in the film, meetings, interviews, and more, and it offers a look into Kore-edaís process. It also gives an idea of the environment on the set, which seemed to be fun and friendly. The most amusing moment: Kore-eda hinting to cast members his name is a stage name, leading them to try to figure out if heís lying or not. Though it doesnít offer anything truly surprising ití still a fun piece and worth viewing.
The disc then concludes with the IFC theatrical trailer.
The accompanying booklet then comes with a decent essay on the film and Kore-eda by Dennis Lim. But the most intriguing inclusion in the booklet are four recipes for the food prepared in the film, which includes Kinpira Daikon, Corn Tempura, Pork Belly Kakura, and Rice with Edamame and Myoga Ginger. According to the note in the booklet these recipes are based on the directorís motherís recipes. While I havenít tried them they donít look overly complicated (but then Iím not a real wiz in the kitchen.)
The supplements are good, and the recipes are a cool touch, but itís a disappointingly slim selection. 6/10