Japanese Film Festival | Satellite

A Banana? At This Time of Night?

こんな夜更けにバナナかよ 愛しき実話

Directed by: Tetsu Maeda

Year: 2018

Length: 120 minutes

Classification rating: Unclassified 15+ (under 15s must be accompanied by an adult)

Screens in: Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne


Based on a true story about the importance of friends, laughter, and hope

Yasuaki Shikano (Yo Oizumi; YAKINIKU DRAGON) is a 34 year old man who suffers from muscular dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair. Rather than heeding the advice of his concerned doctor to remain in hospital, Yasuaki chooses a more radical and independent lifestyle in his one bedroom apartment, where he is constantly surrounded by a cohort of volunteer carers who are at his every beck and call. Yasuaki audaciously orders his volunteers around, never giving them a moment’s rest—especially med-school student Hisaki, who is even ordered to go buy Yasuaki a banana in the middle of the night! When beautiful stranger Misaki (Mitsuki Takahata) turns up out of nowhere, Hisaki is smitten, but little does he know that she is Hisaki’s girlfriend. Misaki finds Yasuaki’s eccentric tendencies and overall manner rude and annoying, but gradually realises that he has a unique outlook on life and infects the people he meets with joy and compassion. Based on a true story, Tetsu Maeda’s film depicts the life of a free-spirited man determined to live life to the fullest.


Dendy Canberra Centre, Canberra


Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre, Brisbane


Event Cinemas Innaloo, Perth


Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney


Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney


Treasury Theatre, Melbourne


The Capitol, Melbourne

Director: Tetsu Maeda

Producer: Yoshitaka Ishizuka, Nobuyuki Iinuma and Fumi Teranishi

Original Story: Kazufumi Watanabe

Screenplay: Hiroshi Hashimoto

Cast: Yo Oizumi, Mitsuki Takahata and Haruma Miura

Genre: Drama

Format: DCP colour