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In Japanese with English subtitles.


★★★★ Time Out | ★★★★ Financial Times | ★★★★ BBC Culture

Mysterious and deeply moving, Monster is a breathtaking piece of cinema from master director of Broker and Shoplifters Hirokazu Kore-eda!

When her young son Minato starts to behave strangely, single mother Saori knows that there is something wrong. Discovering that one of his teachers might be responsible, she storms into the school demanding answers. But as the story unfolds through the eyes of mother, teacher and child, shocking truths begin to emerge.

A timely tale of family, false impressions, and, ultimately, hope, Kore-eda’s typically sensitive work features powerful performances by Ando Sakura, Tanaka Yuko and Nagayama Eita, and a sublime score from the Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

A Japanese boy and his mother stand looking out from their balcony with forlorn expressions. In the distance we can see the city, a body of water, and the mountains.

“Breathtaking” – Vanity Fair

“Crafted by a master at the very top of his game” ★★★★★ – Flickering Myth

“A masterclass in mystery” – The Film Stage

“Remarkable” – Film Inquiry

“Extraordinary” ★★★★ – CineVue

Two Japanese boys covered in mud run through the long grass smiling. Behind them is a large tree and a blue sky with wispy white clouds.

  • Seating accessibility information


    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

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  • BBFC rating information (may contain spoilers)

    Violence (3/5)
    A man drags his son into the house and beats him off-screen because of his sexuality. The boy is subsequently discovered fully clothed and unconscious in a bathtub with dark bruises across his back. A character grabs a colleague and pushes him against the wall. A teacher faces allegations of physically assaulting a child, including twisting his arm and hitting him. He is also accused of directing cruel remarks towards a student. However, it emerges that these allegations are false.

    Threat and horror (2/5)
    Characters search for a missing child during a storm.

    Language (2/5)
    Mild bad language (‘crap’, ‘piss’) occurs, as well as very mild bad language (‘hell’, ‘butt’).

    Sex (3/5)
    A woman tells her boyfriend they cannot have sex without a condom, however, he initially jokes that they will be fine without one. Milder references include those that discuss a character visiting a ‘hostess bar’.

    Discrimination (3/5)
    A gay boy tells his friend that his father believes he has a disease that should be ‘cured’. Characters are subjected to homophobic bullying from their classmates for showing affection to one another.

    Injury detail (2/5)
    A character wears a slightly blood-stained bandage over his ear. Blood drips from a boy’s nostrils onto the floor following an accident.

    Suicide (3/5)
    An adult character prepares to take his own life in public, however, he stops himself from doing so. A boy suddenly throws himself out of a moving car amid struggles over his sexuality. He subsequently receives medical treatment and is shown with scratches across his limbs.

    Dangerous behaviour (2/5)
    A child uses a lighter to set fire to a dead cat, however, his friend quickly extinguishes it and his behaviour is clearly disapproved of. There are also references to a child being responsible for a possible arson attack.

    Theme (2/5)
    References are made to a child dying in a tragic car accident. A grieving child discusses the concept of rebirth following his father’s death. The theme of bereavement is dealt with sensitively.