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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.

Director:

Masayuki Suo

Writer:

Masayuki Suo
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Credited cast:
Ryô Kase ... Teppei Kaneko
Asaka Seto 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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Drama

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Japan's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

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Welcome Back, Mr Suo
4 April 2008 | by movedoutSee all my reviews

Japan's foreign-film entry to the 2008 Academy Awards is a doozy and arrives from one of the country's preeminent filmmakers, Masayuki Suo. In his first film since 1996's "Shall We Dansu?", he brings the same discriminating eye back to Japan's cultural and social norms and in "I Just Didn't Do It", zeros in on its oppressively rigid judicial system. Observed on a level that can only be described as stark realism, a true departure from Suo's august social comedies and a distinct legal procedural going by its narrative trajectory of showing the inciting incident, investigation and to the courtroom in its various stages of due process – Teppei Kaneko (Ryo Kase) is accused of molesting a schoolgirl on his way to a job interview, subsequently coerced by weary detectives to accept the charge and pay the fine instead of pursuing vindication – a system that Suo notes as the reason for Japan's almost perfect conviction rate and institutionalised prejudice against the accused.


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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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,666,242
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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