Japanese Film Festival | Satellite

The Reverse Diaries


Directed by: Shin Sonoda
2018 / 99 minutes / Unclassified 15+ Contains violence and suicide attempt

Is revenge ever the right answer?

Rihito Shiraishi (Gen Ogawa) has found an unhappy niche as a talented ghostwriter, but though he desperately aspires to be a novelist under his own name, he has yet to find the courage to move out from under others’ shadows. Then, Saki Honda (Iku Arai), an eccentric, whirlwind of a woman enters his life and begs Rihito to pretend to be her boyfriend to get a stalker off her back. Taken by surprise, Rihito agrees to help her out and the pretend relationship becomes real very quickly, bringing light and laughter into Rihito’s monotonous life. However, things aren’t always so happy-go-lucky for Saki, and one day she attempts suicide.

Upset and confused, Rihito starts to investigate why she decided to take her life when she always seemed so upbeat around him. When he stumbles across her diary, he starts to realise that there’s more to Saki than meets the eye, and perhaps their chance encounter wasn’t just a lucky coincidence.

Director, writer and producer Shin Sonoda takes a light-hearted rom-com about being true to oneself and twists it into a genre-bending suspenseful thriller of desperation, manipulation and revenge.

[More Satellite cities to come.]

2019 SNOWDANCE Independent Film Festival - Best feature film
2018 SOMA Film Festival - Best screenplay
2017 London Film Awards - Best feature film


BCC Cinemas Central, Townsville


Event Cinemas Kotara, Newcastle


Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour


Tickets are available from the JFF Info Desk in the cinema foyer 30 minutes prior to screening.

Event Cinemas Robina, Gold Coast


Palace Nova Eastend, Adelaide


Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury


BCC Cinemas Cairns Earlville, Cairns


BCC Cinemas Casuarina, Darwin


Village Cinemas Glenorchy, Hobart

Screens in: Townsville, Newcastle, Coffs, Harbour, Gold, Coast, Adelaide, Bunbury, Cairns, Darwin and Hobart

Director: Shin Sonoda

Screenplay: Shin Sonoda

Cast: Gen Ogawa, Iku Arai and Marie Ono

Genre: Drama

Language(s): In Japanese with English subtitles.