Japanese Film Festival | Satellite
Drama, Youth

Dad’s Lunch Box


Directed by: Masakazu Fukatsu
2017 / 76 minutes / All


Practice makes perfect, especially when it comes to making bento

Dad’s Lunch Box is a heart-warming story of a newly-divorced father who vows to make his daughter Midori’s lunch every single day until she finishes high school. Meanwhile, Midori it still adjusting to the new dynamic with her father and dealing with the trials and tribulations of high school life–friends and boys at the top of the list. She’s mortified that her classmates notice her father’s awful attempts at cooking, and spends lunchtime with her friends harshly critiquing his “experiments”. Her father, a hard-working salary-man, is determined to win Midori’s approval by making the perfect bento—even if it takes him the rest of Midori’s high school years to master the skill.

Based on a viral tweet that was retweeted by 80,000 people and received 260,000 likes, Masakazu Fukatsu’s debut feature film brings together a warm story of the growing bond between father and daughter and reinforces the age-old sentiment that family connections are best built through food.



Please note that all cities have online ticketing options, expect Gold Coast and Cairns.
Cairns (Smithfield): No reservation needed. Entry 30 minutes prior to screening (subject to seat availability).
Gold Coast (Robina): Tickets available from JFF Info Desk in cinema foyer from 1 hour before each session.
Adelaide: A limited allocation of seats will be available on the day from the JFF Info Desk at the cinema from 1 hour before each film screening, even if Eventbrite registrations are sold out.


Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury


Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour


Dechaineux Theatre, University of Tasmania, Hobart


Alice Springs Cinema, Alice Springs


BCC Cinemas Darwin, Darwin


Event Cinemas Smithfield, Cairns


GU Film House Adelaide, Adelaide


BCC Cinemas Central, Townsville


Event Cinemas Kotara, Newcastle


Event Cinemas Robina, Gold Coast

Screens in: Bunbury, Coffs, Harbour, Hobart, Alice, Springs, Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide, Townsville, Newcastle, Gold and Coast

Director: Masakazu Fukatsu

Screenplay: Toshitsugu Ono

Cast: Toshimi Watanabe and Rena Takeda

Genre: Drama, Youth

Format: DCP colour