Drama Period

Yakiniku Dragon (焼肉ドラゴン)




© 2018 "YAKINIKU DRAGON" Film Partners

Charred by the outside world, tender at heart

Screens in all JFF Main cities.

From their ramshackle yakiniku restaurant, a Korean family endure the battles of their migrant experience in Japan. Having united their torn families together after Korean War, Yong-Gil (Kim Sang-Ho) and Young-Soon (Lee Jung-Eun) are model migrant parents: industrious, resilient, and working tirelessly to support their three daughters and youngest son.

The two elder sisters, one of whom has a permanent limp, are locked in a romantic rivalry; while their younger half-sister develops a romance with a married man. Pinned by the hopes of their father, younger brother Tokio (Shinpei Ooe) struggles to attend his private high school, where his bullying highlights the discrimination of ‘outsiders’.

While planes fly overhead and urban development progresses, the family and the small Korean community resist the government’s eviction notices. In the most trying circumstances, somehow, they’ll find a way to see their makeshift world stay afloat.

Jeonju International Film Festival 2018 Opening Film


Based on a successful play written and directed by the film’s director, Wishing Chong, Yakiniku Dragon is a sophisticated drama raising an often unheard story centred on Japan’s Zainichi population (Japanese with modern Korean ancestry).

Year: 2018

Length: 126

Format: DCP colour

Classification rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Language: In Japanese with English subtitles.

Genre: Drama Period

This film is a Staff Recommendation!




Date Time Location City Special Events
Concluded - Dendy Canberra Centre - canberra
Concluded - Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre - brisbane
Concluded - Event Cinemas Innaloo - perth
Concluded - GU Film House Adelaide - adelaide
Concluded - Event Cinemas George Street -Selling fast sydney
Concluded - Event Cinemas George Street -Selling fast sydney
Concluded - ACMI - melbourne
Concluded - ACMI - melbourne



Cast & Crew

Wishing Chong/
Original Story
Wishing Chong/
Wishing Chong/
Akira Morishige/
Keitaro Shimizu/
Yoko Maki/
Mao Inoue/
Nanami Sakuraba/
Kim Sang-Ho/
Lee Jung-Eun/
Yo Oizumi/
Shinpei Oe/