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Doing Time (2002)

Keimusho no naka (original title)
A man serving a sentence in a minimum-security prison. Life in the jail is rigid and organized, eventually leading all of the cell-mates to abandon their individuality.

Director:

Yôichi Sai

Writers:

Wui-Sin Chong, Kazuichi Hanawa (comic book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Hanawa
Teruyuki Kagawa
Tomorô Taguchi ... Tanabe
Yutaka Matsushige ... Koya
Toshifumi Muramatsu Toshifumi Muramatsu
Ren Osugi ... Takahashi (as Ren Ôsugi)
Yôzaburô Itô Yôzaburô Itô ... Tomoda, Janitor of the factory
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô
Matomu Onda Matomu Onda
Shigemitsu Ogi Shigemitsu Ogi
Kippei Shîna
Yôsuke Kubozuka
Hôka Kinoshita Hôka Kinoshita ... Ouchi
Hidekazu Nagae Hidekazu Nagae
Koji Enokido Koji Enokido
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A man serving a sentence in a minimum-security prison. Life in the jail is rigid and organized, eventually leading all of the cell-mates to abandon their individuality.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doing Time See more »

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Eisei Gekijo, Be-Wild See more »
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A meditation on monotony
5 November 2003 | by galeolariaSee all my reviews

When finds himself in an Hokkaido prison for a minor firearms possession offence, it doesn't take long for Hanawa (Tsutomu Yamazaki) to surrender utterly to the routine, arbitrary rules and the grinding sameness of life in the prison system. Indeed, he comes to find his stint in solitary confinement, cut off from fellow-inmates and with a mechanical task of creating hundreds of folded paper bags each day, a curiously satisfying experience. I liked this film because of its understated humour (not all of which is immediately obvious to Westerners) and the portrayal of the prison as a complete and self-sufficient alternative universe, with inmates simply trying to lead a kind of life that is a scaled-down version of what is on offer on the outside. It wryly observes the obsession of the prisoners with food and the occasional treat and how one can extract a sense of accomplishment in the meanest of repetitive jobs.


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