Japanese Film Festival | Satellite
Manga Adaptations

The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese


Directed by: Isao Yukisada
2020 / 130 minutes / Unclassified 15+

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Making a mess of love

Ever since his university days, Kyо̄ichi Ōtomo (Tadayoshi Ōkura) can’t help but be swept up by the beautiful women that pursue him. Now unhappily married, he’s become a serial womaniser and is as indecisive as ever… that is, until karma finally catches up with him, and private investigator Wataru Imagase (Ryо̄ Narita) confronts him about his infidelity. Wataru has his own lustful motives, as he reveals that he’s been in love with Kyо̄ichi ever since they were fellow classmates seven years ago.

In an exchange of intimate favours for Wataru’s silence, the pair enter a dysfunctional romantic entanglement, and Kyо̄ichi soon finds himself unable to resist Wataru’s advances. But just when the two are close to finding happiness, jealousy and societal expectations get in the way.

Directed by Isao Yukisada (River’s Edge, JFF 2018) and based on Setona Mizushiro’s manga series of the same name, this live-action adaptation depicts the twists and turns of relationships, with nuanced and sensitive performances. Both Ōkura and Narita shine in their roles, portraying highly flawed characters that you can’t help rooting for.

2020 63rd Blue Ribbon Awards - Winner for Best Supporting Actor by Ryo Narita
Audience warning: Contains strong themes, sex scenes and nudity


Palace Barracks, Brisbane


The Kino, Melbourne


The Kino, Melbourne


Palace Norton Street, Sydney


Palace Verona, Sydney

Screens in: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

Director: Isao Yukisada

Cast: Tadayoshi Ōkura and Ryо̄ Narita

Genre: Romance

Category: Manga Adaptations

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles