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Listen to the Universe

1h 59m Drama, Music, Family 2019

In this domestic box office hit adapted from the award-winning, bestselling novel by Riku Okuda, four young classical pianists compete in a high stakes international piano competition as they manage their respective friendships, insecurities and desires to win. An inspiring multi-character drama that celebrates the intrinsic power of music, Listen to the Universe features a who’s who of some of the most talked about young actors in Japan, including: Mayu Matsuoka (Shoplifters); Tori Matsuzaka (The Journalist); Win Morisaki (Ready Player One); and Oji Suzuka, who made his screen debut with this film and won the Japan Academy Film Prize for Newcomer of the Year along with Morisaki. Directed with visual flair by rising director Kei Ishikawa (Gokuroku: Traces of Sin).

  • Nominee, Best Film, Best Lead Actress, Best Cinematography, 2020 Japan Academy Film Prize
  • Winner, Best Newcomer (Oji Suzuka), 2020 Kinema Junpo Awards

Streaming in the U.S. from February 5-25 as part of 21st Century Japan: Films from 2001-2020

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Kei Ishikawa


In Japanese with English subtitles



Bonus Content

Introduction by Kei Ishikawa

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