Rob Simpson’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Woodman and the Rain is a fascinating and sweet comedy/drama which observes the moments where life intersects with movies. Watching the friendship between the two leads grow was heart-warming and funny, not because it tries to be funny, instead the humour naturally comes from the contrast between the people in this village and the professional world of film-making. It’s the central relationship between the 60 year old Kôji Yakusho and 25 year old Shun Oguri where the film had most value; it’s a tender coming of age story in which one rediscovered his ability to be a parent and the other recaptured his confidence as a film maker. The Woodsman & the rain is a totally pleasant experience that I can't recommend highly enough.