Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Writer(s): Yuji Sakamoto
Cast: Sakura Andō, Eita Nagayama
Awards: Best Screenplay - Cannes Film Festival
About the Film
When her son Mintao begins to exhibit strange behavior, single-mother Saori decides to investigate the matter. This leads her into a confrontation with one of Mintao’s school teachers; however, the truth behind Mintao’s acting-out ends up being more convoluted than Saori could have imagined.
Featuring the final score composed by renown Japanese film composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (who sadly passed away just months before the film’s release, and to whom the film is dedicated), MONSTER is a gripping, poetic, and engaging drama that examines the way “truth” is perceived depending on one’s perspective. The film has been nominated for countless awards, and the script by Japanese playwright Yuji Sakamoto won the award for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.