Japan Release: 2023
Running Time:
126 minutes


Japanese Title


Distributor: Production:

Toho / Gaga
Toho / Gaga / Fuji TV / AOI Production / Bunpuku


Live Action

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Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
Writing credits Yuji Sakamoto
Produced by Minami Ichikawa, Tatsumi Yoda, Kenji Yamada, Hajime Ushioda, Kiyoshi Taguchi, Ryo Ota
Executive Producer Hisashi Usui
Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Cinematography by Ryuto Kondo
Film Editing by Hirokazu Koreeda
Production Design by Keiko Mitsumatsu
Assistant Director Shoichi Morimoto
Director of Special Effects Valy Lungoccia
Saori Mugino Sakura Ando
Michitoshi Hori, Teacher Eita Nagayama
Minato Mugino Soya Kurokawa
Yori Hoshikawa Hinata Hiiragi
Hirona Suzumura Mitsuki Takahata
Humiaki Shoda, Vice-principal Akihiro Kakuta
Kiyotaka Hoshikawa Shido Nakamura
Makiko Fushimi, Principal Yuko Tanaka


Background and Trivia

  • The movie debuted at the Festival de Cannes on May 17th, 2023. This was ahead of its June 2nd, 2023 release in Japan. In addition, Monster won the best screenplay award at the festival. A full list of winners can be found here.
  • The production won the Queer Palm 2023, which is a selected by a jury to reward a short movie or a feature film at Festival de Cannes that deals with LGBT+ and challenging gender norms.
  • Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, a prolific artist whose past work also includes soundtracks like The Adventures of Chatran (1986) and Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (1987), passed away in March of 2023 after a long battle with cancer. Sadly, he passed away before Monster was released that featured his soundtrack, that includes both new and old music.


Nicholas Driscoll Star Rating
September 12, 2023