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MONSTER The Award-Winning Drama From Director Hirokazu Kore-eda
Available for Early Sell Through February 27, on Digital March 12
Before Debuting on Blu-ray™ April 9

English Language Dub Available

Monster is another striking piece of work from a master …” ~ ROGEREBERT.COM

MONSTER Official Trailer | Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda | Starring Sakura Ando

From internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters, Broker) comes the highly-lauded drama MONSTER, available for early sell-through on February 27, then available on Digital March 12, before debuting on Blu-ray™ April 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. After learning a teacher is bullying her son, a mother demands answers, eventually resorting to legal action. But as the truth is gradually revealed, it proves more complex than anyone imagined. The film’s screenplay was written by Sakamoto Yuji (In Love and Deep Water), with music by late Academy Award®-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Best Music, Original Score, The Last Emperor, 1988). The cast of MONSTER includes Ando Sakura (Shoplifters), Nagayama Eita (Undercurrent), newcomer Kurokawa Soya, and Hiiragi Hinata (One Second Ahead, One Second Behind).

“The film, at once warmly exuberant and carefully restrained, is a mighty entry in the queer coming-of-age canon, built with the compassion and inventiveness so signature to its creator.” ~ VANITY FAIR

At the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, MONSTER was nominated for the prestigious Palme D'Or and won the screenplay award and the Queer Palm award. Following its North American debut at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival, MONSTER garnered critical accolades at numerous festivals, including Chicago (Gold Q-Hugo Award winner), Mill Valley, Newport Beach (Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor), Vancouver (Audience Award), and the Hamptons.

“A dense and looping melodrama that spirals towards its core idea with
the centrifugal force of a Christopher Nolan movie.” ~ INDIEWIRE

Synopsis: After a mother (Ando Sakura) discovers that a teacher’s bullying is behind her young son’s sudden strange behavior, she storms into his school demanding an explanation. Continually left without satisfactory answers—and with an increasingly distressed child—she furiously escalates her concerns to the school board and the media. But as the story unfolds through the multilayered perspectives of mother, teacher, and child, the real truth gradually emerges—and proves much more complex than anyone could have expected.

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Country of Origin
: Japan
MONSTER has a runtime of approximately 126 minutes and is rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief suggestive material.


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Blu-ray Catalog #: WGU03668B
UPC Code: 810348036681
Pre-Order Date: 3/5/24
SLP: $29.98
Audio: DTS HDMA 5.1 / Stereo


Well Go USA Entertainment ( is an Oscar®-nominated theatrical and home entertainment distribution label that specializes in bringing the best in action, genre and independent films from the U.S. and around the world to North America. Well Go titles can be seen across a variety of platforms, including in theaters, on-demand, via DVD and Blu-ray and on television, as well as on mobile and connected devices through martial arts action channel Hi-YAH! ( Well Go USA Entertainment’s corporate headquarters is in Plano, Texas, with an additional office in Taiwan.


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