Directed by: Yusaku Matsumoto
2018 / 115 minutes / Unclassified 15+ (under 15s must be accompanied by an adult)


Akihabara’s dark side shown in a new light

Akihabara is a playground for anime, gaming and idol subcultures, but also home to a shady underbelly riddled with exploitation and isolation. Eight years after the Akihabara massacre, the ripple effects of trauma manifest in the lives of three young adults: Misa, (whose mother was killed in the incident) an underground idol and JK masseuse; Rie, who secretly dropped out of school to hang with the wrong crowd; and Ken, a young man dragged into debt by his own mother, with a festering violent streak waiting to be unleashed.

Idol Kokoro Shinozaki (Miss iD, 2015) shines in her breakthrough role as troubled and complex Misa. Much like her character, the actress experienced a tough family life growing up and worked at a JK (high school girl) massage parlour and as an underground idol as a teenager.

The debut feature film from Yusaku Matsumoto uses three non-linear narrative arcs that fleetingly connect, mirroring the scale of isolation and disconnectedness in the mega-city. As a teenager, the devastation of the massacre and the suicide of his friend left a profound impact on the director: Noise is an emotional tribute to the scars of violence and the consequences of a fractured society.

Audience warning: Contains strong themes and violence.

Saturday 26th October

Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre, Brisbane

Saturday 2nd November

Event Cinemas Innaloo, Perth

Saturday 23rd November

Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

Saturday 30th November

The Capitol, Melbourne

Screens in: Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Yusaku Matsumoto

Director of Photography: Kentaro Kishi

Screenplay: Yusaku Matsumoto

Producer: Yusaku Matsumoto

Cast: Kokoro Shinozaki, Kosuke Suzuki, Urara Anjo, Kenji Kohashi, Takashi Nishina, Hiroshi Fuse, Yuki Kitagawa, Sakura Kawasaki and Suzu Hinata

Format: DCP colour