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    Win Hirokazu Kore-eda's MONSTER on Blu-ray From Well Go USA!

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA.


    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR
    Special Thanks to Leif Helland

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA.

    Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the highly-lauded drama MONSTER (怪物, Kaibutsu, 2023) from internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda (SHOPLIFTERS, BROKER). 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 Yuji Sakamoto (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 Sakura Ando (SHOPLIFTERS, GODZILLA MINUS ONE), Eita Nagayama (UNDERCURRENT), newcomer Soya Kurokawa, and Hiiragi Hinata (ONE SECOND AHEAD, ONE SECOND BEHIND).

    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.


    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.

    MONSTER is available now on Digital and debuts on Blu-ray (SLP: $29.98) and April 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The film has a runtime of approximately 126 minutes and is rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief suggestive material.



    A. There are four (4) prizes, with each prize consisting of one (1) MONSTER Blu-ray.
    B. Prizes will be shipped to the contest winners so entrants must include a valid mailing address. This contest is only open to participants in the United States and Canada.
    C. In the event that a winner chooses not to (or cannot) accept a prize, he or she forfeits all claim to that prize.
    D. One entry per person. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitution of prizes allowed.

    Duration of contests:
    A. The “MONSTER” contest runs from April 3 until 11:59pm on April 16, 2024.

    How to enter:
    A. Submit your name, email address, and mailing address for the random drawing.
    B. Be sure to write “MONSTER” in the subject header of your email entry. SciFi Japan often runs multiple contests at the same time, so any entries without “MONSTER” in the subject header will be discarded.
    C. Contest entrants may receive an email newsletter from SciFi Japan.

    Determination of winners:
    A. Only contestants who have submitted the requested information will be entered in the final drawing. The first four randomly drawn eligible entries will be judged the winners for this contest.
    B. SciFi Japan is not responsible for typographical, electronic or other errors in Internet operation affecting the offering, outcome, administration of the contest or the announcement of prizes. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
    C. The decision of Well Go USA and SciFi Japan is final. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the SciFi Japan judges, which are final and binding in all respects.
    D. Following the drawing, winners will be notified via email.


    Just email the following info to “MONSTER” at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you’re in the contest. Good luck!

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    About Well Go USA Entertainment

    Well Go USA Entertainment is a theatrical and home entertainment distribution label that specializes in bringing top content, including the best in Action, Genre and Independent films from the US and around the world, to North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. As a leader in independent film distribution, Well Go’s titles can be seen across a variety of platforms, including theatrical, digital, subscription and cable VOD, packaged media and broadcast television. Well Go USA Entertainment’s corporate headquarters is in Plano, Texas, with offices in Taiwan and China.

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