The hungry Lion

Director: Takaomi OGATA


Genre: Crime / Social Media / Suspense

Theatrical Release in Japan: November 2018

[2017 / DCP / Color / HD / Stereo / 78 min. / Japanese with English subtitles]


[Festival Records]

Official Selection: Tokyo International Film Festival 2017

Official Selection: International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018

Official Selection: Nippon Connection 2018

Official Selection: Sydney Film Festival 2018

Official Selection: The 48th Giffoni International Film Festival

Official Selection: CPH PIX 2018

Official Selection: New York Asian Film Festival 2018

Winner Best Screenplay & Young Jury Award - The 33rd Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove

Winner NETPAC (Best Asian FIlm) Award - The 22th Buchon International Fantastic Film Festival 2018 


Hitomi’s homeroom tutor is taken away by the police for suspected child prostitution and child pornography. A rumour starts that Hitomi leaked a video of the teacher. She can’t believe anyone would fall for such a lie, but it spreads like wildfire and Hitomi kills herself. The arrest of a teacher and the suicide of his student is easy prey for the media and reporting intensifies, creating a false image of Hitomi. The film portrays the inherent brutality in videos and other media, and brings to light our darkest desires as we consume such materials. These 78 minutes are a stark reminder that we live in the golden era of fake news across the world.


©︎2017 The Hungry Lion

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