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Two young children, splattered with mud, look towards the camera with serious expressions.

Monster Kaibutsu

  Hirokazu Kore-eda

  Japan     126 minutes


In the opening scenes of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest masterwork, a three-alarm fire engulfing a building evokes the many small sparks that have ignited a culture of gossip, stigma, fear, and silence in a coastal community. When her young son Minato starts to behave strangely, his mother Saori feels that there is something wrong. Discovering that Minato’s teacher, Mr. Hori is responsible for the boy’s odd behavior, she storms into the school demanding to know what’s going on. But answers — much less accountability — remain elusive as Mr. Hori denies all accusations. Minato and his fellow classmate Yori remain tight-lipped and evasive. As the story unfolds through the eyes of mother, teacher, and then child, the truth gradually emerges.

Directing for the first time from a script not entirely his own (co-written by industry veteran Sakamoto Yuji), Chicago International Film Festival favorite Kore-eda expertly pieces together an exquisite narrative mosaic, journeying down three separate paths and perspectives that converge in an inexorable climax. Celebrated composer Ryuichi Sakamoto provides the ethereal soundtrack.

 Japanese with subtitles 

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Film Credits

  •   Kawamura Genki, Yamada Kenji
  •   Sakamoto Yûji
  •   Kore-eda Hirokazu
  •   Kondô Ryûto
  •   Andô Sakura, Nagayama Eita, Kurokawa Soya, Hiiragi Hinata, Tanaka Yuko
  •   Ryuichi Sakamoto
  •   Ichikawa Minami, Oota Toru, Tom Yoda, Ushioda Hajime, Kore-eda Hirokazu
  •   TOHO CO. LTD, Fuji Television, Network Inc., GAGA Corporation, AOI Pro. Inc., BUN-BUKU Inc.