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Film Screening: MONSTER

Following the successful season of film screenings dedicated to exploring a curated selection of works by acclaimed Japanese director Koreeda Hirokazu, Japan House London, in collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment, is delighted to present two free screenings of his latest masterpiece MONSTER (2023), a tale of family, false impressions, and, ultimately, hope.

MONSTER is a mesmerizing journey into the complexities of family through a multitude of different viewpoints. When her young son Minato starts to behave strangely, single mother Saori knows that there is something wrong. Discovering that one of his teachers might be responsible, she storms into the school demanding answers. But as the story unfolds through the eyes of mother, teacher and child, shocking truths begin to emerge.

Through nuanced performances by Andō Sakura, Tanaka Yuko, and Nagayama Eita, and a sublime score by Oscar-winning composer Sakamoto Ryūichi, Koreeda crafts a tale that navigates themes of family, deception, and resilience. Unlike Kurosawa Akira’s Rashōmon, which retells the same story from four different angles, MONSTER doesn’t clash conflicting perspectives but weaves a tapestry of narratives, highlighting the enigmatic nature of human understanding.

Awarded the Queer Palm (an independently sponsored prize for selected LGBTQI+-relevant films entered into the Cannes Film Festival) and Best Screenplay at 2023 Cannes, this film captivates with its intricate storytelling and leaves audiences pondering long after the credits roll.

Japanese with English subtitlesDuration: approx. 127 minutes

Please note that this movie is rated 12A and is therefore not considered suitable for an audience younger than 12 years old unaccompanied.

Guests who are booked to attend the screening can also enjoy 10% off drinks at The Stand on their way in.

*Please note that filming and / or photography may take place at this eventPhotos and footage of the event may then be used to promote Japan House London, helping more people to discover what we offerIf you have any concerns, please contact us online or contact a member of the team on site.

Admission Free | Booking Essential

Booking will open on 13 May