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Director:
Writers:
Kanae Minato (based on the novel by)
Tetsuya Nakashima (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 June 2010 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
9 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Move Thee Reviews: Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining See more (88 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Takako Matsu ... Yuko Moriguchi
Yoshino Kimura ... Yuko Shimomura (Naoki's mother)

Masaki Okada ... Yoshiteru Terada

Yukito Nishii ... 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
Naoki Ichii ... Hoshino

Kai Inowaki ... Takahiro
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûko Araki
Rina Asaishi
Hitomi Ishihara ... Teacher
Sora Iwata ... 1-nen B-kumi student
Daichi Izumi
Karin Katô ... 1-nen B-kumi student
Ken'ichirô Kawagishi
Ai Kuriki
Takuya Kusakawa ... 1-nen B-kumi student
Sohta Maeda
Kazunori Mimura ... hikita Wakei
Yui Miura

Ayaka Miyoshi ... Ayaka
Hiroki Nakajima ... 1-nen B-kumi student
Ariki Narushima
Hotaru Nomoto ... Saki
Shinji Nomura
Non ... 1-nen B-kumi student (as Rena Nônen)
Masahiro Ohta

Takahiro Ono
Naoya Shimizu ... 1-nen B-kumi student
Shû Takaura
Heideru Tatsuo
Kasumi Yamaya ... Yukari
Kensho Yoshikawa
Ayuri Yoshinaga ... 1-nen B-kumi student

Directed by
Tetsuya Nakashima 
 
Writing credits
Kanae Minato (based on the novel by)

Tetsuya Nakashima (screenplay)

Produced by
Kôji Hyakutake .... co-executive producer
Minami Ichikawa .... executive producer
Yûji Ishida .... producer
Genki Kawamura .... producer
Hiroaki Kitano .... co-executive producer
Yoshihiro Kubota .... producer
Takahisa Miyaji .... co-executive producer
Hiroshi Morozumi .... co-executive producer
Toshiyasu Ohmiya .... co-executive producer
Yoshishige Shimatani .... co-executive producer (as Yoshinari Shimatani)
Yutaka Suzuki .... producer
Shin'ichi Yoshida .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Toyohiko Kanahashi 
 
Cinematography by
Masakazu Ato (director of photography)
Atsushi Ozawa (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Yoshiyuki Koike 
 
Art Direction by
Towako Kuwashima 
 
Makeup Department
Tomo Hyakutake .... special makeup effects artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yasushi Mizumoto .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Masaru Ohgawara .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Tomo Hyakutake .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
Takayuki Masuo .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Susumu Takakura .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Andrew P. Kirkham .... dvd & bluray extras subtitles: english
Andrew P. Kirkham .... dvd & bluray producer [gb]
Yukiko Nagasaka .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Kokuhaku" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
106 min
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Trivia:
Director Tetsuya Nakashima''s first non-comedy film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Yuko Moriguchi:Something important, on the inside, died.
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Soundtrack:
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44 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Move Thee Reviews: Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining, 16 October 2010
Author: Kenji Chan from Hong Kong

Confessions, directed by one of my favorite Japanese directors, Tetsuya Nakashima, is one of the most disturbing and depressing movies I have watched this year. It is a psychological thriller of a grieving teacher turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back the students who were responsible for her daughter's death.

In the story, the major characters make confessions one by one. The more perspectives from which the murder is looked at, the more we know about the characters and their motives, which may remind the audience of A Stranger of Mine. As the story is unfolded, there are several surprising twists. While making confessions and sometimes touching on the subjects they are ashamed of, some characters refuse to accept the truth, tell lies and point the finger of blame at others to salve their conscience.

The director tries to explore the reasons why innocent children become evil teenagers with no conscience. Some seek attention because they are abandoned or physically abused by their parents. Some become vulnerable owing to their overprotective parents. Some feel lonely because they are nerds neglected and bullied by their peers. Some commit suicide or other crimes because they follow suit. Some tragedies are also attributed to the internet which allows people to gossip anonymously, the mass media which places too much emphasis on violence, and the law which exempts teenage murderers from being punished. Thanks to the convincing cast, the characters become lifelike.

The black-grey-and-white setting, which is very different form the flamboyance of Memories of Matsuko, is stifling and depressing. After watching the film, the images of crimson blood, white milk, snow-white sakura, the bleak classroom, the lifeless homes and the dimly lit school hall will linger in one's mind. Apart from these, the gloomy skies in the movie were reminiscent of the ones in Elephant by Gus Van Sant. Despite the ominous dark clouds gathering overheard, every cloud has a silver lining, which symbolizes that the director still believes in the goodness of human nature, despite its dark side. This belief is also reflected in the scene when the female teacher stares at the strawberry given by a kid and another scene in which she says "your new life has begun".

The mesmerizing classical music, spiced with a hypnotizing female voice, not only creates a shocking contrast to the disturbing scenes shot in slow motion, but also adds eeriness to the story. The sound effects are also memorable. When the female teacher puts down the last stroke of the word LIFE on the blackboard, the ear-piercing sound chilled me the bone. When the bubble pops, we feel hopeless.

The film would have been more gripping if the first confession had been shorter and less talky. Besides, the CG images at the end are mediocre. Also, it is a difficult movie for the faint-hearted to sit through.

On the whole, Confessions is a darkly disturbing, visually stunning and thought provoking movie ruthlessly exposing the root of various teenage problems and the dark side of human nature. After watching the movie, I left the cinema with a heavy heart. It conjured up images of several parricides committed by Hong Kong teenagers recently and I pondered on what had happened to our post 90's generation.

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