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MONSTER Official Trailer | Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda | Starring Sakura Ando, Eita Nagayama and a Newcomer Soya Kurokawa

Well Go USA Entertainment has released a new trailer and set up the awards-season U.S. release date for a highly anticipated Hirokazu Koreeda film “Monster,” the latest film which won the Best Screenplay prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The Rashomon-esque story follows Minato (Soya Kurokawa), a young boy who is displaying increasingly worrying behavior both at school and at home. One day, single mother Saori (Sakura Andō) is unnerved when her son Minato comes home and confesses that he has been hit by his teacher Hori (Eita Nagayama). She is determined to see justice enacted despite no movement from anyone at the school. As she pushes further to be heard, the other sides of the story come to light.

Our writer Abe Friedtanzer pointed out in his review that Kore-eda movingly explores youth and the nature of truth, Kore-eda also presents a worthwhile examination of honor. Hori has his own opinion of what happened and seeks not to be misrepresented, yet there’s also the reputation of the school to consider, which can’t be tarnished by problematic allegations against a teacher or a student.

Koreeda already won Palme d’Or a few years ago for “Shoplifters,” and debuted his Korean film “Broker” in Cannes last year, returning to Cannes this year for this premiere. It was Kore-Eda’s ninth movie overall at Cannes but his first since his 1995 debut feature Maborosi that he has not had a screenplay credit on. It received a six-minute ovation at the world premiere.

The film has a score by the late Ryuichi Sakamoto. Besides Sakura Ando, Eita Nagayama, the film also stars Souya Kurokawa and Yota Hiiragi, who play the two boys with freshness and emotion, as well as Yuko Tanaka, Mitsuki Takahata, Akihiro Tsunoda, Shidou Nakamura.

Monster” premieres November 22 in New York City and opens in Los Angeles December 1, as well as in additional markets throughout December.

Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosoki grew up watching American films since he was a kid; he decided to go to the United States thanks to seeing the artistry of Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange.” After graduating from film school, he worked as an assistant director on TV Tokyo’s program called "Morning Satellite" at the New York branch office but he didn’t give up on his interest in cinema. He became a film reporter for via Yahoo Japan News. In that role, he writes news articles, picks out headliners for Yahoo News, as well as interviewing Hollywood film directors, actors, and producers working in the domestic circuit in the USA. He also does production interviews for Japanese distributors of American films and for in-theater on-sale programs. He is now the editor-in-chief of while continuing his work for Japan.


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