Drama | Not Rated | 126 min.


Galaxy Cinemas Sun, Oct 22, 2023 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Feature
Release Year:2023
Rating:NR - bullying
Production Country:Japan
Original Langauge:Japanese
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Kore-eda Hirokazu
Cast:Andô Sakura
Nagayama Eita
Kurokawa Soya
Hiiragi Hinata
Tanaka Yuko
Produced By:Kawamura Genki
Yamada Kenji
Screenwriter:Sakamoto Yûji
Music By:Ryuichi Sakamoto


Sunday, October 22, 2023 – 4:00 pm
Galaxy Cinemas Barrie, 72 Commerce Park Dr, Barrie, ON L4N 8W8

Acclaimed Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (The Truth, Broker, Like Father, Like Son) returns to his homeland with a powerful yet delicate story of love and humanity, a moral tale about school bullying, scored by the late Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Quiet and reserved Minato (Soya Kurokawa) — no longer a kid, but not yet an adolescent — lost his father when he was a young child and lives with his mother (Sakura Ando). When he starts behaving strangely, obsessed with the idea his brain has been switched with a pig’s, the mother suspects his teacher Hori (Eita Nagayama) and calls a meeting with the school principal (Tanaka Yuko) only to face a wall of silence and stiff apologies. Someone must have put that idea in Minato’s head, but something doesn’t add up. Is Minato telling the truth, or is his professor innocent? Looking at the story from various points of view, in a Rashomon-inspired structure, reality changes and the actual subject becomes the hidden friendship between Minato and one of his schoolmates, often bullied by other kids.

A great storyteller of family dynamics, Kore-eda shows once again his unique ability to depict the inner world of children, unveiling uncomfortable realities with a natural and necessary tenderness.

A milestone in his impressive body of work, Monster is marked by two major collaborations: one with co-screenwriter Sakamoto Yûji, and the other with the legendary musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, who died last March, Monster being his last soundtrack.


Screenings are General Admission.