Father of the Milky Way Railroad


Directed by: Izuru Narushima
2023 / 128 minutes / Unclassified all ages

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The story of one of Japan's most beloved authors and the father who always believed in him

Directed by Izuru Narushima, this powerful biopic details the life of legendary poet and novelist Kenji Miyazawa, one of Japan’s most beloved children’s authors. As the eldest son of Masajirō, a wealthy pawnbroker and modern man of the Meiji era, Kenji was raised with the expectation that he would one day inherit the family business. However, the free-spirited Kenji is determined to walk his own path in life, and takes it upon himself to pursue agricultural studies, synthetic gemstones and other eccentric ventures. Despite struggling to keep up with his son’s ambitions, Masajirо̄ remains supportive as ever throughout Kenji’s unorthodox pursuits. 

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, this incredible story depicts the power of family and unconditional love that endures through times of hardship. With standout performances by Masaki Suda and recent Cannes winner Kōji Yakusho, the pair’s depiction of fatherly love on the silver screen is sure to bring a tear to your eye. 

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Audience warning: moderate themes of illness, dementia and death, infrequent mild language

Sunday 15th October

Includes Lucky Door Prize

Palace Electric, Canberra

Tuesday 17th October

Includes Lucky Door Prize

Palace Raine Square, Perth

Saturday 21st October

Includes Lucky Door Prize

Palace Barracks, Brisbane

Tuesday 24th October

The Kino, Melbourne

Wednesday 25th October

Palace Balwyn, Melbourne

Thursday 26th October

Palace Balwyn, Melbourne

Saturday 28th October

Palace Verona, Sydney

Monday 30th October

Palace Verona, Sydney

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

Director: Izuru Narushima

Cast: Kōji Yakusho, Masaki Suda, Nana Mori, Yudai Toyoda, Maki Sakai and Min Tanaka

Genre: Drama

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles

Format: DCP colour

Starring Kōji Yakusho, who recently received the award for Best Actor at Cannes for Perfect Days (2023)