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My Dad is a Heel Wrestler

Kyohei Fujimura

Pro-wrestling champion Hiroshi Tanahashi makes his acting debut as the gentle giant dad to nine-year-old Shota, whose understanding of goodies versus baddies is challenged in the wrestling arena when he discovers his father is actually the despicable heel wrestler Cockroach (Gokiburi) Mask.

"A heartwarming tale about the man behind the Cockroach Mask."

Embarrassed by his dad’s secret identity, Shota misleads his classmates into believing his father is the popular blonde babyface wrestler Dragon George. Shota’s lie creates a rift between his classmates and family, while his dad hopes to be taken seriously by the wrestling community once more. But Cockroach Mask is not without his zealous fans, such as journalist Michiko, who are excitedly looking forward to the special round between the underdog and hero.

Inspired by the children’s book Papa no shigoto wa warumono desu, first-time director Kyohei Fujimura conveys a heartwarming tale about the man behind the Cockroach Mask.

Screening as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020 - see any two films in our selection for £10!

Organised by the Japan Foundation with Major Support from Japan Airlines, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Yakult, with Sponsorship in Kind from SUQQU and the Japan Centre.