My Friend ‘A’


Directed by: Takahisa Zeze
2018 / 129 minutes / Strictly 18+


Underneath this slow burn thriller is a powerful story of regret and redemption

Screened as part of the JFF 2018.

Journalist Masuda (Toma Ikuta) quits when a scandalous exposé he wrote directly causes a fatality. Like other individuals escaping an unwanted past, he starts anew as a factory worker out in the country. At work he finds a new friend in Suzuki (Eita), a quiet colleague who reminds him of a childhood friend, an aloof boy who was severely bullied. However, despite their friendship, Masuda’s intuition tells him that Suzuki is hiding a past that’s even darker than his own.

When a juvenile murder case springs up in a nearby town, Masuda’s journalistic instinct kicks in. He starts investigating in his spare time and pieces together clues from the past. All clues lead to only one person: his new friend Suzuki.

With My Friend ‘A’, Takahisa Zeze (The Eight-Year Engagement, The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine) proves that he is a versatile and masterful storyteller. Zeze expertly uses multiple protagonists and storylines to paint a portrait of a society that’s implicitly biased against granting atonement. Featuring stellar performances from Toma Ikuta, Eita (Mixed Doubles), Kaho (Memoirs of a Murderer, JFF 2017), and Koichi Sato (Six-Four).

Audience warning: Contains strong themes, and moderate language and violence (including sexual violence).

Saturday 27th October

Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre, Brisbane

Saturday 17th November

Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

Wednesday 21st November

Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

Saturday 1st December

ACMI, Melbourne

Screens in: Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Takahisa Zeze

Original Story: Gaku Yakumaru

Screenplay: Takahisa Zeze

Producer: Ryo Otaki and Hideki Hoshino

Cast: Toma Ikuta, Eita, Kaho, Yasuko Tomita, Mizuki Yamamoto and Koichi Sato

Genre: Thriller

Format: DCP colour