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Han-ochi (2004)

Soichiro Kaji killed his wife who suffers from Parkinson's disease, he surrenders to police two days later. Tops of the police wish an early settlement of the affair by fair means or foul ... See full summary »

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Kiyoshi Sasabe
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Credited cast:
Akira Terao Akira Terao ... Soichiro Kaji
Mieko Harada ... Keiko Kaji
Hidetaka Yoshioka Hidetaka Yoshioka
Mayu Tsuruta Mayu Tsuruta
Kyôhei Shibata Kyôhei Shibata
Kirin Kiki ... Yasuko Shimamura
Reiko Takashima Reiko Takashima
Jun Kunimura
Tsuyoshi Ihara
Tomoko Naraoka Tomoko Naraoka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hirotarô Honda Hirotarô Honda
Hisashi Igawa
Renji Ishibashi
Hôshi Ishida Hôshi Ishida ... Toshiya Kaji (as Hoshi Ishida)
Takashi Kikuchi Takashi Kikuchi
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Soichiro Kaji killed his wife who suffers from Parkinson's disease, he surrenders to police two days later. Tops of the police wish an early settlement of the affair by fair means or foul because he is a former detective and an instructor at police academy now. Detective Shiki questions Kaji closely about what he did two days after the murder, however Kaji keeps silent about it. What was he doing for two days? Why doesn't he confess it?

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Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 January 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Half a Confession See more »

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Too many plot holes, too much over-the-top theatrics
28 November 2005 | by KFLSee all my reviews

This won a best film award in Japan, so we thought it might be worth watching. As it turned out, it wasn't a total waste of time, but quite a lot in this story strained credulity, sometimes verging on the absurd. And there was too much overwrought acting packed into two hours...particularly given that the Japanese are not generally given to emotional outbursts.

One of the better things about the film was a serious attempt to come to grips with Alzheimer's disease and the human tragedy it can entail. There are a few moments of humor here and there, and not all of the acting is bad. But overall, there are many better choices among Japanese dramas and mysteries.


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