Siblings of the Cape


Directed by: Shinzo Katayama
2018 / 89 minutes / Unclassified 18+


A visually-stunning depiction of desperation, family values, and reclaiming agency

Yoshio (Yuya Matsuura) lives with his sister Mariko (Misa Wada), who has a disability that requires his constant care. They already struggle to make ends meet, and when Yoshio loses his job due to his own disability, and then finds out that Mariko has been having sex, he succumbs to forcing Mariko into illegal sex work. But Mariko proves to be defiant against her brother’s controlling behaviour, finding pleasure in these frequent encounters with the ‘local clientele’, and Yoshio’s questionable and exploitative attempts to make money begin to fall apart.

Shot over four seasons, Shinzo Katayama’s transgressive debut film is a visually compelling portrayal of the struggle for survival in a capitalist society and the conflicts and uncertainty that modern life throws our way. Siblings of the Cape raises many questions about the moral and physical treatment of vulnerable people, and the importance of having the freedom to explore one’s own sexual and romantic desires versus the ability to give informed consent. Katayama has written, directed, produced, and personally funded a film that is not afraid to go beyond the bounds of conventional storytelling.

Siblings of the Cape won both the Audience Award and Best Picture Award in the Japanese Feature category of the Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 2018.
Audience warning: Contains strong themes, moderate violence, high impact sex scenes and nudity.

Sunday 17th November

Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

Friday 29th November

The Capitol, Melbourne

Screens in: Sydney and Melbourne
Special guest appearance
Shinzo Katayama

Siblings of the Cape (岬の兄妹)

5:30 pm Sunday, 17 November 2019


Before making his directorial debut, Shinzo Katayama served as AD for filmmakers such as Joon-ho Bong (Bong on Tokyo!, Mother) and Nobuhiro Yamashita (My Back Page, The Drudgery Train). Siblings of the Cape is a project that has been ten years in the making, and reflects Katayama’s approach to film. With every element of the script written with each season, Katayama kept the cast and crew on their toes, not even knowing himself where the film would lead.

Director: Shinzo Katayama

Original story: Shinzo Katayama

Screenplay: Shinzo Katayama

Producer: Shinzo Katayama

Cinematographer: Naoya Ikeda and Kosuke Haruki

Cast: Yuya Matsuura, Misa Wada and Masayasu Kitayama

Genre: Drama

Format: DCP colour