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Archive - 7th Five Flavours Film Festival

Confessions

Kokuhaku
Japan 2010, 106’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Tetsuya Nakashima
screenplay: Tetsuya Nakashima
cinematography: Masakazu Ato, Atsushi Ozawa
editing: Yoshiyuki Koike, Chiaki Toyama
music: Toyohiko Kanahashi
cast: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada, Yukito Nishii, Kaoru Fujiwara, Ai Hashimoto, Hirofumi Arai, Makiya Yamaguchi, Ikuyo Kuroda, Mana Ashida
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Nagrody Japońskiej Akademii 2011 – najlepszy film, reżyseria, montaż, scenariusz; Hong Kong Film Awards 2011 – najlepszy film azjatycki; Kinema Junpo Awards 2011 – II miejsce w kategorii najlepszy film; Puchon International Fantastic FF 2010 – nagroda jury dla filmu pełnometrażowego; Udine Far East FF 2011 – Czarny Smok, nagroda publiczności My Movies

Film description

"Ijime" means school bullying, students harassing those who, for some reason, become scape goats. One of the most serious problems of the Japanese society, and the topic of numerous films. Nakashima treats it in his own, striking and sharp way.

A teacher's daughter dies in suspicious circumstances. The mother knows that her students were involved in the accident. She also knows that justice system is fallible, so she decides to punish the kids in her own way – using the ruthlessness of the school community, the mechanisms of bias, fear, and guilt.

An intelligent psychological thriller, this time without the visual fireworks known from the Nakashima’s earlier works. The precisely constructed script is dressed in stylish, cold colors and a minimalist composition. Music is the striking element - the soundtrack includes songs by Radiohead and Boris, which reinforce the tense atmosphere excellently. Balancing between melancholy, desperation and cruelty, "Confessions" can already be placed among the classics of world cinema, beside "Battle Royale" or Park Chan-wook’s "Lady Vengeance".

Jagoda Murczyńska

Tetsuya Nakashima

Born in 1959 in Fukuoka. He received numerous awards for his music videos, commercials, and series. Director and screenwriter. After the success of "Kamikaze Girls" and "Memories of Matsuko", he was proclaimed as one of the most original and influential Japanese filmmakers.

Selected filmography:

1997 Beztroskie lato / Natsu jikan no otonatachi / Happy-Go-Lucky
1988 Beautiful Sunday
2004 Kamikaze Girls / Shimotsuma monogatari / Kamikaze Girls
2004 Żywot Matsuko / Kiraware Matsuko no isshō / Memories of Matsuko
2008 Pako i magiczna księga / Pako to mahō no ehon / Paco and the Magic Book
2010 Wyznania / Kokuhaku / Confessions

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