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SFFILM Festival

Black Box Diaries

Directed by Shiori Ito

Japan | Documentary | 104

26 Apr
Fri, Apr 26 at 6:00 pm PT
27 Apr
Sat, Apr 27 at 2:15 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Shiori Ito is expected to attend


A 2015 dinner with Noriyuki Yamaguchi evolves into a years-long nightmare for Shiori Ito after the veteran journalist drugged and sexually assaulted the Reuters intern. In her quest for justice, Ito faces long odds: Yamaguchi, is not only a high-profile newsman but also Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s personal biographer. But she will not be deterred in this powerful, intensely personal documentary that depicts her campaign to hold her assailant accountable. The case makes Ito the face of Japan’s #MeToo movement while launching a national discussion about the country’s outdated sexual assault and consent laws. As she faces threats and the possibility of a coverup, she turns investigator, chasing leads, determined to expose the truth. Splashed across the media as both a hero and villain, Ito becomes a voice for the modern Japanese woman, speaking for those whose own experiences have been too often silenced.

Director Shiori Ito

A journalist, writer, and now filmmaker, Shiori Ito makes her feature debut with Black Box Diaries. She is also the author of a memoir, Black Box (2021). Time magazine named her one of the world’s most influential people in 2020 for her impact on the #MeToo movement in Japan.

Film Details

Language Japanese, English

Year 2024

Premiere California

Runtime 104

Country Japan/USA/UK

Director Shiori Ito

Executive Producer Mitsunobu Kawmura

Producer Eric Nyari, Hanna Aqvilin

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not yet confirmed for this program

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not yet confirmed for this program

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film