Monday (film)

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Monday DVD cover.jpg
Monday DVD cover
Directed by Sabu
Produced by Bong-Ou Lee
Written by Sabu
Music by Kenichiro Shibuya
Cinematography Kazuto Sato
Edited by Kumio Onaga
  • Cine Qua Non Films
  • CineRocket
Distributed by
  • Filmmuseum Distributie
  • Rapid Eye Movies
Release date
Running time
100 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

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."[1]


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.



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."[2] Derek Elley in Variety wrote that "Sabu makes a stunning return to form with "Monday," his fourth and best movie to date."[3]


  1. ^ "America’s First Major Retrospective of Japan’s Explosive Film Auteur". Japan Society. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Hale, Mike (25 January 2011). "Fanfare and Ridicule for Japan’s Common Man". New York Times. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Elley, Derek. "Monday". Variety. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 

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