Japanese Film Festival | Satellite



Directed by: Seiji Tanaka

Year: 2018

Length: 113 minutes

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

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


Scrubbing tiles and tubs is murderous work

Despite having a degree from a prestigious university, Kazuhiko is unemployed and living with his parents with no plans for the future. Having no work experience and a lacklustre attitude toward life, the strange, awkward and socially inept Kazuhiko eventually finds a job at the local bathhouse scrubbing tiles. While his days are rosier now with the regular stream of income, suspicious interactions between his boss and coworker lead him to question the use of his workplace outside of hours. On one particular night, he is accidentally caught witnessing a yakuza execution in the bathhouse. What begins as a film about a lonely ill-fitting man drifting along the outskirts of society, quickly develops a cross-genre edginess that is viscerally thrilling, darkly funny and heartwarming.

Winner of the Best Director Award at 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival: Japanese Cinema Splash, writer/director Seiji Tanaka’s debut film features a unique story full of sudden transitions in tone, all the while paying tribute to Japanese action cinema of the late 80s and 90s and Yakuza movie tropes.
Audience warning: Contains strong themes and violence.


Dendy Canberra Centre, Canberra


Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre, Brisbane


Event Cinemas Innaloo, Perth


Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney


Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney


The Capitol, Melbourne


Treasury Theatre, Melbourne

Director: Seiji Tanaka

Screenplay: Seiji Tanaka

Producer: Yoji Minagawa

Cast: Yoji Minagawa, Yoshitomo Isozaki and Mebuki Yoshida

Genre: Drama

Format: DCP colour