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US Premiere

Narrative Feature | Japan | 2023 | Japanese | 126 minutes

When young Minato (Kurokawa Soya) starts to behave strangely, his mother Saori (Ando Sakura) searches for an explanation. She demands answers from her son’s school, and in the process unwittingly discovers an unexpected dynamic between the teachers and their students. Winner of the Award for Best Screenplay at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, MONSTER intricately unfolds through the intertwined perspectives of mother, teacher and child. Palme d’Or winner Kore-eda Hirokazu (SHOPLIFTERS, HIFF 2018) imbues the film with deep social commentary about acceptance and humanity, and raises the question—what makes someone a monster? A Well Go USA release.

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