Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro - IFFAM - 5th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro
Japan | 2020 | 100′ | Colour | Japanese | Chinese and English subtitles | Group: B
Director: Ken Ninomiya

2020/12/05 11:00

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Programmer’s Note

Although sushi and ramen are consumed all over the world, one Japanese specialty that is less celebrated is tonkatsu – a deep-fried pork cutlet whose crispy, juicy texture is a must-try. Ken Ninomiya’s broad comedy places this tasty dish at the heart of a jocular story about a waiter from a tonkatsu restaurant who longs to be a DJ. Using an outstanding selection of classic songs, feelgood dance beats and a theme song by US superstar Bruno Mars, Ninomiya brings his experience in music videos to create a film with a sense of groove and rhythm. Takumi Kitamura gives a charming lead performance and the film was shot – unusually – in the heart of Shibuya, Tokyo, featuring Hachiko, Scramble Crossing and a host of hip dance clubs. But when you have finished watching it, your first craving will be to take a big bite of tonkatsu.



Agetaro is the heir to his family’s long-running tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) restaurant in Shibuya, Tokyo. He spends his days chopping cabbages and slacking off because he has nothing else better to do. One day, he goes to a dance club to deliver a bento, and is thrilled to get a chance to speak to Sonoko, the girl he secretly has a crush on. He also experiences the excitement of the dance floor grooving to the music for the first time, and is filled with an uplifting sensation that he has never felt before. To win Sonoko’s heart, Agetaro decides to become the “Tonkatsu DJ,” a guy who can cook both tonkatsu and the dance floor! 


Ken Ninomiya

Born in Osaka Prefecture on December 17th, 1991, Ken Ninomiya began producing films in his teenage years. Upon his graduation from Osaka University of the Arts in 2015, Ninomiya announced his work 『SLUM-POLIS』. winning him acclaim at domestic and international film festivals and thus would go on to hold a nationwide theatrical release In 2017, he debuted in the commercial film industry by creating, directing and writing『THE LIMIT OF SLEEPING BEAUTY』starring Yuki Sakurai and Issei Takahashi. He had been eager to work on a live-action adaptation and, in 2019, he took that chance with Kyoko Okazaki’s work『Chiwawa』starring Mugi Kadowaki. Further, he has tirelessly expanded his cinematic world with diverse projects such as music videos for DEAN FUJIOKA and overseeing the movie screening project『SHINPA』.

Cast & Crew

Director  Ken Ninomiya

Scriptwriter(s) Ken Ninomiya

Producer(s) Kazutaka Ohara

Cinematographer Tetsuya Kudo

Production Designer Takuya Miyagawa, Yoji Abeki

Editor Junnosuke Hogaki

Music Yuki Kuromitsu

Costumes Designer Yuya Maeda

Cast Takumi Kitamura, Maika Yamamoto, Kentaro Ito

Production Companies Fuji TV Movies, AOI Pro.


World Sales Fuji TV Movies / Pony Canyon Inc.

Premiere International Premiere

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