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Kokuhaku (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 5 June 2010 (Japan)
A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

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Yuko Moriguchi
Yoshino Kimura ...
Yuko Shimomura (Naoki's mother)
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Yoshiteru Terada
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Shuya Watanabe
Kaoru Fujiwara ...
Naoki Shimomura
Ai Hashimoto ...
Mizuki Kitahara
Hirofumi Arai ...
Shuya's Father
Makiya Yamaguchi ...
Masayoshi Sakuranomiya
Ikuyo Kuroda ...
Shuya's Mother
Mana Ashida ...
Manami Moriguchi (Yuko's Daughter)
Soichiro Suzuki ...
Professor Seguchi
Kinuo Yamada ...
Miyuko
Hiroko Ninomiya
Tsutomu Takahashi ...
Mr. Tokura
Yûta Kanai ...
College Pupil
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A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

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Shortlisted as Japan's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. See more »

Goofs

At the 1:24:49 mark, when Yuko is crying on her knees in the street, a distance shot shows her getting up. Almost immediately, just 2 seconds later, we are shown a close-up of her suddenly back down on the ground. Then 6 seconds later, we see a distant view with the same shot of her getting up again. See more »

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Yuko Shimomura: Moriguchi is a demon.
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Written by 'Oliver David Sim, Romy Anna Madley Croft, James Thomas Smith and Baria Qureshi'
Performed by 'The Xx'
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The importance of life
7 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie really is amazing and left me awestruck, it really is a frightening beauty with really good cinematography and visual elements for a Japanese movie. The plot unravels slowly while giving away certain hints of what is going on bit by bit and is done really well and is put together piece by piece in a outstanding manner. The students are way more obnoxious in this movie than I would have expected from a Asian middle school but to some degree it was necessary. This film really shows the ugly side of human nature how it's sometimes the weak that bully the people that is weaker than them. It was a little bit difficult to believe students in a Asian middle school would act obnoxious as they did in this movie, although I seen far worse in the US but it wasn't difficult to just go with it or stretched so far it was not believable at all. This has different elements put together in a well crafted manner and the psychological aspects of it is very well done, it may seem like a revenge movie or a movie about grief at first but that is only a part of it. What I really liked is how almost none of the characters is nothing like how they may seem at first. It's like you need to be in their shoes or their point of view in order to understand. If this movie was only about revenge than the film would have been over really quick and wouldn't have been as good and would have lacked the character study it needed, but the emphasis on different characters that were involved makes this movie brilliant with good psychological aspects to it. Hatred leads us to look at a very narrow view of things without looking at the whole picture and this is a part of what the plot to this is about. There is no simple and straightforward character in this which plays a big part in this story. This movie really does fit it's positive reputations and is well deserved of it, this is one of my favorite Japanese movie of 2010 from japan. Don't miss out on this brilliantly crafted movie.

9/10


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