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UK: Third Window Films
Cast: Takako Matsu, Masaki Okada, Yoshino Kimura, Kai Inowaki
Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
UK: 106 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong bloody violence and sustained psychological threat
UK Release Date: 18 February 2011 (Limited Release)
From the director of MEMORIES OF MATSUKO and KAMIKAZE GIRLS, Tetsuya Nakashima this time leads us into a much darker territory.
Reigning in his impulse to create surreal candy-colored worlds full of chaos and confusion, Nakashima opts instead for an intense drama throbbing with dark emotions and powered by a savage central performances.
Television heroine, Takako Matsu, plays a middle-school teacher whose 4 year-old daughter is murdered. Trying to put her life back together, she finally returns to her classroom, but is increasingly convinced that two of her students were responsible for her daughter's death.
No one believes her, and she may very well be wrong, but she is seeking for revenge. What happens next is all-out psychological warfare waged against her students in an attempt to force them into confessing what she knows in her heart to be true and that they are guilty.
When she finally proves that they are guilty, it turns out it’s not for the crime she thinks they committed.