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I Just Didn't Do It (2006)

Soredemo boku wa yattenai (original title)
A young man is falsely accused of molesting a high-school girl on a train. He is arrested and charged, and goes through endless court sessions, all the while insisting that he is innocent.

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Masayuki Suo

Writer:

Masayuki Suo
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Credited cast:
Ryo Kase ... Teppei Kaneko (as Ryô Kase)
Asaka Seto ... Riko Sudo, Lawyer
Kôji Yamamoto ... Tatsuo Saito
Masako Motai ... Toyoko kaneko
Kôji Yakusho ... Masayoshi Arakawa, Lawyer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daisuke Honda Daisuke Honda
Hirotarô Honda Hirotarô Honda ... Hideo Mitsui
Yosuke Ishii Yosuke Ishii ... Keizo Hirayama
Toshiyuki Kitami Toshiyuki Kitami ... Takashi Miyamoto
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Shogo Muroyama
Tôru Masuoka Tôru Masuoka ... Seiichiro Tamura
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Mitsuru Sada
Nao Ohmori ... Koji Yamada (as Nao Ômori)
Shin'ya Ohwada Shin'ya Ohwada ... Toshio Hiroyasu (as Shin'ya Ôwada)
Toshinori Omi Toshinori Omi
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Storyline

An unemployed young man is on the packed Tokyo subway en route to a job interview when a schoolgirl grabs him by the wrist and fingers him as a molester. A man was feeling her up on the train. The young man is arrested and no one, not the station master, the public defender or the police, seems the least interested in his protestations of innocence. It would be much more efficient if he would accept a plea bargain. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 January 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Even So, I Didn't Do It See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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$9,666,242
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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when film matters
19 April 2009 | by CountZero313See all my reviews

Two ironies attest to critiquing this film a year after it was submitted to the 2008 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film. First of all, this year, 2009, saw the Japanese feature Okuribito scoop that very award, a film directed by a man whose early credits include a long-running 'train molester' series, a sniggering look at the titillation gained from the sport of groping vulnerable-but-loving-it females on crowded commuter trains.

The second irony is that the Japanese Supreme Court recently overturned a guilty verdict on a man convicted of such a crime, citing the lack of evidence and due procedure on the part of police and prosecutors.

Okuribito's debt to Suo's film is tenuous, but the Supreme Court decision seems unlikely had Sore Demo not been made. The film highlights the primitive and highly dubious procedures that infest the Japanese judicial system, where habeas corpus is trampled upon and a benign and apathetic populace conspire by neglect in the crushing of innocents. The scale of the molester problem is apparent to any visitor to these shores who spends time on commuter trains - Women Only carriages are now the norm at rush-hour, a far cry from the halcyon days previously celebrated by the director of Okuribito, when 'how to molest' programmes were broadcast on mainstream TV channels. Times have changed, and how.

Suo elects to tell the tale as an Educational film, attempting to edify his audience on the corruption of the Japanese judiciary from the base assumption that they know nothing. Such stylistics have come unstuck before in Nihon no Ichiban Kuroi Natsu, where the didactic tone fails to encapsulate the social ramifications of the material it addresses. But Suo's film does not go off on that tangent, presenting as its innocent in need of education a single man falsely accused in a groping incident. He is a decent, loved man who finds circumstances piling up against him in a country he previously, naively, accepted as fundamentally good. Ryo Kase does excellent work as meek Teppei, who puts up with his treatment initially unaware of the hole that is being dug for him. His resolve not to opt for the easy 'guilty' verdict that will secure quick release is a deep moral core by contrast lacking in the police, judges, fourth estate and even his own solicitor.

The preaching can be a bit heavy-handed at times, and the film is at least 30 minutes too long. Some dubious side characters are overdrawn, such as an effeminate cell-mate thrown on stage to provide giggles and more leadership for Teppei. Such small qualms aside, this movie is an epochal event, an important film, that highlights an incredible, mean-spirited flaw in Japanese society, that the recent Supreme Court decision may finally relegate to history.

Suo's direction is spare and unobtrusive, his actors given space to reveal the consequences of such judicial brutality, which they do with aplomb. Brave, important film-making, that history will take note of.


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