Japanese Film Festival | Satellite

Not Quite Dead Yet


Directed by: Shinji Hamasaki
2020 / 93 minutes / Unclassified all ages

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Undead comedy chaos

Metalhead singer Nanase (Suzu Hirose, Chihayafuru, JFF 2016) can’t catch a break–her emotionally clueless widowed dad, Kei, is expecting her to quit the band and get serious by joining his big-time pharmaceutical company, while she wishes out loud that he’d just… drop dead.

When his company develops a wildly desired anti-ageing drug and a temporary death drug, a merger plot emerges with a snitch in the ranks, and under the guise of ratting out the leak, Kei secretly plays dead and his daughter’s morbid dream is realised, kind of. Chaos ensues with Lily Franky (Shoplifters) along for the ride as a shinigami (death spirit) and barely-visible assistant Matsuoka, played by Ryō Yoshizawa (Kingdom, JFF 2019; Gintama), as Nanase’s aide.

Purgatory has never looked better in this offbeat comedy feature debut from director Shinji Hamasaki.


Palace Electric, Canberra


Palace Raine Square, Perth


Palace Barracks, Brisbane


The Kino, Melbourne


Palace Norton Street, Sydney

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

Director: Shinji Hamasaki

Cast: Suzu Hirose, Shinichi Tsutsumi and Lily Franky

Genre: Comedy

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles