Brave Father Online: Our Story of Final Fantasy XIV
Directed by
  • Teruo Noguchi
  • Kiyoshi Yamamoto (game scenes)
Written byKota Fukihara
Based on
Produced by
  • Masahiro Honda
  • Kazuya Naito
  • Koji Shirasugi
  • Kazuhiro Yokoyama
  • Yanghwe Yoon
CinematographyHikaru Yasuda
Edited byTakeshi Wada
Music byHideharu Mori
Distributed byGaga Corporation
Release date
  • June 21, 2019 (2019-06-21) (Japan)
Running time
114 minutes

Brave Father Online: Our Story of Final Fantasy XIV (Japanese: 劇場版 ファイナルファンタジーXIV 光のお父さん, Hepburn: Gekijōban Fainaru Fantajī Fōtīn: Hikari no Otōsan, lit. "Final Fantasy XIV: The Movie: Dad of Light") is a 2019 Japanese comedy drama film based on a Japanese television drama miniseries Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light, which is based on blog post Dad of Light written by Maidy.[1][2] The film stars Kentaro Sakaguchi, Kōtarō Yoshida, Maika Yamamoto and Naomi Zaizen.



Original story author Maidy stated that they were happy to help create a movie version of their story as there were still issues to explore not covered by the television series.[3] Differences from the television version of the story, Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light, include the addition of a fourth sibling to the family.[3] Another change was to have other characters play Final Fantasy XIV not just father and son.[3] Square Enix also gave the filmmakers their own game server to control the time of day and weather in order to film exactly the kinds of shots they wished.[3]

With the production crew filming on a private server, crew members created characters and appeared in the background to make the world feel like the regular game.[3] Since the television series was released, many features were added to make characters more expressive including group poses and facial expressions.[3] Game footage was recorded at 120 frames per second to allow for the seamless use of slow motion effects.[3] Changes were also made to a key story moment where the son is turned around by his father in game, changing the televisions wholly in-game perspective to one showing the father and son playing the game and deciding what to do.[3]

Release and Reception

It was released in Japan by Gaga on June 21, 2019. It was released on Netflix Japan on July 21, 2020.[4]

Famitsu recommended the film, saying that viewers familiar with the television version of the story or fans of massively multiplayer online role-playing games will particularly love the story.[5] The film ranked first in Japanese survey app Pia for audience satisfaction for the weekend it released.[6]

The South China Morning Post gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, saying the project was like a “glorified commercial” as well as a touching melodrama.[1] A special screening was done of the movie in Japan after Maidy, the stories original author, died from cancer.[7]


  1. ^ a b Sin, Ben (October 15, 2019). "Brave Father Online: Our Story of Final Fantasy XIV film review – father and son bond over video game in Japanese family drama". South China Morning Post.
  2. ^ Holt, Kris (August 13, 2019). "'Brave Father Online' is a 'Final Fantasy' movie with heart". Engadget.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Yamaguchi, Kazunori (May 21, 2019). "CGと思ってくれたら勝ち!「劇場版 ファイナルファンタジーXIV 光のお父さん」の撮影現場をレポート。山本監督とマイディーさんのインタビューも" (in Japanese). 4Gamer. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Netflixで『劇場版 ファイナルファンタジーXIV 光のお父さん』が配信スタート。ゲームで親子の絆を取り戻す、感動の実話" (in Japanese). Famitsu. July 21, 2020. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  5. ^ Mainai (June 17, 2019). "『FFXIV』の映画はテレビドラマ版とどう違う?『劇場版 ファイナルファンタジーXIV 光のお父さん』先行上映会リポート" (in Japanese). Famitsu. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  6. ^ "『劇場版 ファイナルファンタジーXIV 光のお父さん』がぴあ映画初日満足度ランキングで第1位に!" (in Japanese). Famitsu. June 25, 2019. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "『劇場版 FF14 光のお父さん』12月25日より池袋HUMAXシネマズにて原作者・マイディーさんの追悼上映が決定" (in Japanese). Famitsu. December 23, 2020. Retrieved April 19, 2021.