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Monster Review: A Vibrant Emotional Roller Coaster from Japanese Director Hirokazu Koreeda

<p><strong>Review of Monster:</strong> The greatest way to comprehend someone’s life is to put yourself in their shoes, and Hirokazu Koreeda does a great job of explaining this idea in Monster. This weekend marks the release of the Japanese film, which had its Indian debut at Jio MAMI. The film was directed by the same person that brought us the devastating Broker. For Monster, the Shoplifters filmmaker once again employs one of his greatest techniques: narrating a story via human emotions. The result will have you in tears. Four distinct viewpoints are used to depict the story, which is drawn from our everyday lives.</p>
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<p>Monster, which is set in contemporary Japan, begins with a single mother trying to figure out what is wrong with her kid at school. Sakura Ando’s character Saori visits the school because she thinks one of the instructors is bullying her kid. She asks questions and gets no response. When her kid is accused of bullying and a significant secret comes to light, things become worse.</p>
<p>Monster then turns to present the sequence of events from the perspective of the instructor who is implicated. Eita Nagayama portrays Michitoshi Hori, the instructor, as someone who is innocent of harming others but is entangled in the bullying controversy due to a string of falsehoods. Even though he knows the truth, Makiko Fushimi (Yūko Tanaka), the principal, is determined to preserve her school’s image, therefore all of his efforts to convince her of his point of view are in vain.</p>
<p>This initiates the third viewpoint in the movie. The principle is seen here returning from her grandchild’s death. At first, you feel sorry for her, then Monster shocks you by revealing that there is more to her than meets the eye.</p>
<p>Monster then moves to the main characters of the movie, Sōya Kurokawa’s Minato and Hinata Hiiragi’s Yori, a small kid. The movie shows that they are willing to battle for their relationship and that there is more to it.</p>
<p>You experience an internal change in feelings as a result of each viewpoint. Although I was first angry with the instructor, at the conclusion of the movie, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. The kids in the movie are no different. You are reminded four times by Hirokazu Koreeda not to trust all that is in front of you. Monster puts your feelings to the test, asking you to hear all sides of the story and to be honest about how you see other people. Additionally, Monster takes a novel approach to LGBT tales.</p>
<p>When I saw Monster, I experienced an emotional roller coaster, something I haven’t experienced at the movies in a long time. Throughout the whole movie, Monster made me feel happy, sad, nervous, and emotional. I even started crying. You are not allowed to look away from the screen for even a brief time while watching the movie.</p>
<p>Monster distinguishes out because of Yûji Sakamoto’s superb writing. Monster is a masterful suspense thriller that is further enhanced by the writer’s flawless, multi-layered prose, which leaves you in wonder. With this film, Sakamoto and Koreeda provide a master lesson in mystery storytelling. The superb soundtrack composed by the late Ryuichi Sakamoto and the cinematography by Ryuto Kondo are the cherry on top. These two additions raise the movie to a great viewing experience.</p>
<p>The ensemble gives outstanding performances. You leave the hall thinking about the children, Sōya Kurokawa and Hinata Hiiragi, even if the performers portraying the mother, teacher, and principal demonstrate their versatility throughout the movie. They are the heart and soul of the movie that keeps your interest throughout.</p>
<p>Anyone who really enjoys excellent writing, narrative, performances, and gay material should definitely check out Monster.</p>