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Directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Japan 2017 125 mins. In Japanese

This moving story of a man struggling to find the truth while questioning his own faith in the law is a philosophical whodunit, intelligently broaching questions of guilt and innocence. Star attorney Shigemori agrees to defend Misumi, accused of murder after a fatal holdup. A man with a long criminal record, Misumi narrowly escaped the death sentence for another murder 30 years earlier. Astonishingly laid-back, Misumi has already confessed to the murder, and the evidence points to the fact that he is guilty. But the deeper Shigemori delves into the case, the more he begins to doubt his client, and soon he is faced with a complicated family story.

Filmography: After the Storm (2016), Our Little Sister (2015), Like Father, Like Son (2013), I Wish (2011), Air Doll (2009), Still Walking (2008), Hana (2006), Nobody Knows (2004), After Life (1998), Maborosi (1995)

Reviews: Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, Criterion Daily

Interviews: Japan Times



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