Japanese Film Festival | Satellite
Mystery, Thriller

Masked Ward


Directed by: Hisashi Kimura

Year: 2020

Length: 114 minutes

Classification rating: Unclassified 15+

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

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We all conceal our real intentions behind a mask...

Shūgo Hayami (Kentarō Sakaguchi) is an on-call substitute doctor at a nursing hospital, which was once a psychiatric hospital. One day, he suddenly finds himself confronting a vicious criminal wearing a clown mask, who demands that Shugo treat an injured university student called Hitomi (Mei Nagano). But when Hitomi is out of danger and the criminal still won’t leave, Shūgo realises that the clown’s true intentions are more complex than they initially appear. Combined with mysterious patients that have no record and hospital staff who refuse to call the police, it soon becomes clear that everyone has something to hide in this suspenseful tale.

Based on the medical mystery novel by real-life doctor Chinen Mikito, Masked Ward isn’t your average hostage thriller. Director Hisashi Kimura’s skilful cinematography creates spine-tingling  tension, as the story unravels a series of intertwined mysteries.

Audience warning: Contains violence and mild language


Palace Electric, Canberra


Palace Raine Square, Perth


Palace Barracks, Brisbane


The Kino, Melbourne


The Kino, Melbourne


Palace Central Sydney, Sydney


Palace Norton Street, Sydney

Director: Hisashi Kimura

Cast: Kentarō Sakaguchi and Mei Nagano

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles