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The Gentle Twelve (1991)

Juninin no yasashii nihonjin (original title)
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... Jury No2
Michiko Hayashi ... Jury No10
Zen Kajihara ... Jury No7 (as Zen Kajiwara)
Yoshihiro Katô ... Jury No12
Katsumi Muramatsu ... Jury No9
Mariko Nakamura ... Jury No5
Kôichi Nihei ... Jury No4
Hiroshi Ohkôchi ... Jury No6
Sansei Shiomi ... Jury No1
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Jury No11
Kôichi Ueda ... Jury No3
Yorie Yamashita ... Jury No8
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A comedy/parody of "12 Angry Men"
17 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

This Japanese-language movie, which to my knowledge hasn't yet been released with subtitles or dubbing, is best regarded as a gentle parody of the 1957 Henry Fonda classic "12 Angry Men". (The title, which translates to "12 Gentle Japanese", makes this obvious.)

Of course Japan doesn't have a jury system, so this is even more of a fantasy than it would have been. The performances are generally over-the-top, and it's rather hard to take any of it too seriously. But there are some nice humorous touches. Like the 1957 original, it is set almost entirely in a single room, and for the most part it parallels the original, with a few interesting twists. (In this one, all the jurors save one begin with an "innocent" vote)

Not a great movie by any stretch, but pleasant enough. Very little that's original here, though--if you want an original Japanese movie, check out recent titles directed by Shohei Imamura, Hirokazu Kore-eda, or Takeshi Kitano.


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