Japanese Film Festival | Satellite

My Dad is a Heel Wrestler


Directed by: Kyohei Fujimura
2018 / 111 minutes / Unclassified all ages


A tenacious nine-year-old grapples with his father’s villainous wrestling alter ego

Pro wrestling champion Hiroshi Tanahashi makes his acting debut as the gentle giant dad to nine-year-old Shota, whose understanding of goodies versus baddies is challenged in the wrestling arena when he discovers his father is actually the despicable heel wrestler Cockroach (Gokiburi) Mask.

Confronted by the idea of having a father that cowardly grapples people and blinds them with bug spray, Shota misleads his classmates into believing his father is the popular blonde babyface Dragon George instead. Shota’s lie creates a rift between his classmates and family, while his dad hopes to be taken seriously by the wrestling community once more. But Cockroach Mask is not without his zealous fans, such as journalist Michiko, who are excitedly looking forward to the special round between the underdog and hero.

Inspired by the children’s book Papa no shigoto wa warumono desu, first-time director Kyohei Fujimura conveys a heartwarming tale about the man behind the Cockroach Mask.


Dendy Canberra Centre, Canberra


Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre, Brisbane


Event Cinemas Innaloo, Perth


Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney


Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney


The Capitol, Melbourne


Treasury Theatre, Melbourne

Screens in: Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Kyohei Fujimura

Original Story: Masahiro Itabashi and Hisanori Yoshida

Screenplay: Kyohei Fujimura

Cast: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Yoshino Kimura and Kokoro Terada

Genre: Comedy

Format: DCP colour