Drama, Mystery

A Man


Directed by: Kei Ishikawa
2022 / 121 minutes / Unclassified 15+

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Does the truth really set you free?

Over four blissful years, Rie and her son shared a loving new life with her second husband, Daisuke. His sudden accidental death brings not only grief, but an unnerving discovery for the widow: the man she thought she knew was posing under someone else’s identity. In a startling dual narrative, the mystery around Mr. X unfolds beneath the hands of Kido, the attorney handling the case. Rie and her son are forced to contemplate the legitimacy of Mr. X’s meaning in their lives, while Kido’s ethnic heritage as a zainichi (Japanese-born Korean) draws unwanted scrutiny throughout the investigation. 

Prefaced by René Magritte’s surrealist painting Not to be Reproduced, this thought-provoking film immediately delves into questions of identity and social prejudice. Thriller elements are measured masterfully under the direction of Ishikawa, while showcasing poignant performances from Sakura Ando (Shoplifters, Monster) and Masataka Kubota (13 Assassins, Rurouni Kenshin). Beautifully soundtracked by experimental Taiwanese ensemble ‘Cicada’, this multi-award-winning film is a vital addition to a growing genre of Japanese cinema that interrogates fragile morals permeating contemporary society.

Audience warning: contains strong death and murder theme and visual reference, mild coarse language, reference to suicide, mild violence and mild sporting violence, mild sexual references. Content warning: contains discriminatory language and behaviours that may be considered offensive to some viewers

Sunday 15th October

Palace Electric, Canberra


Saturday 21st October

Palace Raine Square, Perth

Sunday 22nd October

Palace Raine Square, Perth

Saturday 21st October

Palace Barracks, Brisbane

Friday 27th October

The Kino, Melbourne

Saturday 28th October

The Kino, Melbourne

Sunday 29th October

Palace Balwyn, Melbourne

Monday 30th October

Palace Norton Street, Sydney

Saturday 28th October

Palace Central Sydney, Sydney

Friday 27th October

Palace Verona, Sydney

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

Director: Kei Ishikawa

Screenplay: Kosuke Mukai

Cast: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Sakura Ando and Masataka Kubota

Genre: Drama, Mystery

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles

Format: DCP colour

Winner: Best International Feature Film, Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2023 

Winner: Best Film, Awards of the Japanese Academy 2023 

Winner: Best Director (Kei Ishikawa), Awards of the Japanese Academy 2023 

Winner: Best Screenplay (Kosuke Mukai), Awards of the Japanese Academy 2023 

Winner: Best Actor (Satoshi Tsumabuki), Awards of the Japanese Academy 2023 

Winner: Best Supporting Actor (Masataka Kubota), Awards of the Japanese Academy 2023 

Winner: Best Supporting Actress (Sakura Ando), Awards of the Japanese Academy 2023 

Winner: Best Screenplay (Kosuke Mukai), Cairo International Film Festival Naguib Mahfouz Award 2022 

Nominee: Best Film, Venice Film Festival Venice Horizons Award 2022 

Nominee: Best Film, Stockholm Film Festival Bronze Horse 2022 

Nominee: Best Film, Cairo International Film Festival Golden Pyramid 2022 

Nominee: Best Film, Bangkok World Film Festival Lotus Award Competition 2022 

Nominee: Best Film, Reims Polar Festival du Film Policier New Blood Award 2023 

Winner: Best Director (Official Panorama) (Kei Ishikawa), Barcelona Asian Film Festival 2022 

Winner: Best Director (Kei Ishikawa), Asian Film Festival in Rome 2023 

Winner: Grand Jury Prize for Best Film, Toronto Japanese Film Festival 2023