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Confessions (2010)

Kokuhaku (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 5 June 2010 (Japan)
A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director:

Tetsuya Nakashima

Writers:

Kanae Minato (based on the novel by), Tetsuya Nakashima (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takako Matsu ... Yuko Moriguchi
Yoshino Kimura Yoshino Kimura ... Yuko Shimomura (Naoki's mother)
Masaki Okada ... Yoshiteru Terada
Yukito Nishii ... Shuya Watanabe
Kaoru Fujiwara Kaoru Fujiwara ... Naoki Shimomura
Ai Hashimoto Ai Hashimoto ... Mizuki Kitahara
Hirofumi Arai ... Shuya's Father
Makiya Yamaguchi Makiya Yamaguchi ... Masayoshi Sakuranomiya
Ikuyo Kuroda Ikuyo Kuroda ... Shuya's Mother
Mana Ashida ... Manami Moriguchi (Yuko's Daughter)
Soichiro Suzuki Soichiro Suzuki ... Professor Seguchi
Kinuo Yamada Kinuo Yamada ... Miyuko
Hiroko Ninomiya Hiroko Ninomiya
Tsutomu Takahashi Tsutomu Takahashi ... Mr. Tokura
Yûta Kanai ... College Pupil
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A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 June 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Director Tetsuya Nakashima''s first non-comedy film. See more »

Goofs

At the 1:24:49 mark, when Yuko is crying on her knees in the street, a distance shot shows her getting up. Almost immediately, just 2 seconds later, we are shown a close-up of her suddenly back down on the ground. Then 6 seconds later, we see a distant view with the same shot of her getting up again. See more »

Quotes

Yuko Moriguchi: [about Shuya Watanabe] I was so disappointed to hear he wasn't being bullied anymore. I thought it best to surround him with hostile classmates until either he killed himself, or one of them did it for him. I guess you're a nicer bunch than I thought, yea?
Mizuki Kitahara: [freaked out] Ma'am...
Child at restaurant: [randomly gives Moriguchi a strawberry bonbon] Here you go!
Yuko Moriguchi: [smiling] Thanks!
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""My Machine""
Produced by Boris
Mixed and mastered by Souichirou Nakamura
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Makes Lionel Shriver's "We need to Talk About Kevin" look "normal" ...
21 March 2011 | by rlshankarSee all my reviews

Lionel Shriver's novel, We need to talk about Kevin, went places where few novelists had dared to venture; she did a great job - that entire stretch where Kevin goes crazy was skillfully written and Ms.Shriver deserved the Orange prize. However, director Nakashima has pushed the boundaries further in this impressively shot and directed movie.

Confessions begins with a long-drawn lecture from Yuko Moriguchi, a teacher at a school somewhere in Japan. Ms.Moriguchi is about to leave the school; but before that, she wants to impart one final lesson - on the value of life. In doing so, she shocks her students with a revelation: her young daughter (very young, heart-wrenchingly young), whose death the police concluded was an accident, was intentionally murdered by two of her own students. She not only reveals the murderers' identity but also explains how she plans to take revenge on those students. This brilliant monologue that lasts for half-an-hour is the best part of the movie; it is wonderfully held together by Takaka Matsu's restrained performance.

Acts II and III present details of Moriguchi's actual scheme; it isn't as pedestrian as announced in class - it is much more devious and cruel. The movie scores because it creates an uneasy tension in the minds of the viewer: we realize that the kids' deeds are evil and are worthy of severe punishment. Hence, we don't find fault with the Mother's acts. However, it is very difficult for us to believe that it is their Teacher who is orchestrating these devious acts of revenge. It is in creating this constant discomfort that the writer's genius shines through.

The director extracts brilliant performances from the entire cast. I wonder how he worked with those two kids - how did he train them? The cinematography is high on aesthetics and adequately conveys the required dark mood. I however thought the final sequences (flames, blasts) could have been toned down a few notches.

While some might categorize this as a psychological revenge drama (which it is), I tend to view it more as a strong statement on the mental state of today's children and how they are affected by developments at home and relationships at places of education. It isn't a pleasant state of affairs, and Nakashima has conveyed so much in his unflinching dark- dark-dark drama.


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