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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #35. Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Kaibutsu

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #35. Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Kaibutsu


Broker filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda has been in creative overdrive working on both a series (Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House) and what was an under-the-radar new project called Kaibutsu (aka Monster). We began the year with news that the brilliant Ryuichi Sakamoto boarded the project to write the score. Production took place last summer. Kawamura Genki produced the film.

Gist: Written by Sakamoto Yuji, details on the project are not available but we believe this includes some horror elements with a family dynamic.

Release Date/Prediction: Kore-eda would most likely return to Cannes right before a domestic release back at home.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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