Monday DVD cover
|Produced by||Bong-Ou Lee|
|Music by||Kenichiro Shibuya|
|Edited by||Kumio Onaga|
Monday is a 2000 Japanese comedy thriller drama film directed by Sabu. The film was featured at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Award "for its austere, dark wit and keen eye for human foibles."
Takagi (Shinichi Tsutsumi), a seemingly average Japanese businessman, wakes up in a hotel room but doesn't know how he wound up there. When a packet of "purification salt" falls out of his pocket, he starts having memories of a funeral and a meeting with a yakuza boss. Soon he finds out he is in deep trouble.
- Shin'ichi Tsutsumi as Koichi Takagi
- Yasuko Matsuyuki as Yuko Kirishima
- Ren Ohsugi as Murai Yoshio
- Masanobu Ando as Mitsuo Kondo
- Hideki Noda as Shingo Kamiyama
- Akira Yamamoto as Kiichiro Hanai
- Naomi Nishida as Yuki Machida
The New York Times found that "'Monday' has some of Sabu’s sharpest satire" and "offers a lot of stylish parody as it tracks the increasingly grim trajectory of the salaryman’s lost weekend." Derek Elley in Variety wrote that "Sabu makes a stunning return to form with "Monday," his fourth and best movie to date."
- "America’s First Major Retrospective of Japan’s Explosive Film Auteur". Japan Society. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- Hale, Mike (25 January 2011). "Fanfare and Ridicule for Japan’s Common Man". New York Times. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- Elley, Derek. "Monday". Variety. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
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