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Confessions [Blu-ray]

Takako Matsu , Masaki Okada , Tetsuya Nakashima    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Takako Matsu, Masaki Okada, Yoshino Kimura
  • Directors: Tetsuya Nakashima
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Third Window Films
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2011
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KISO5G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,548 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Takako Matsu (K-20: Legend Of The Mask) plays a middle-school teacher whose four-year-old daughter is found dead. Shattered, she finally returns to her classroom only to become convinced that two of her students were responsible for her daughter's murder. No one believes her, and she may very well be wrong, but she decides, nevertheless, that it's time to take her 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: they are guilty and must be punished. Brilliantly building the psychological tension from the film s very start before pulling out all the stops for a devastating and explosive finale, Tetsuya Nakashima (Kamikaze Girls) has produced what is arguably his most mature and impressive work to date. A superb script, excellent performances from a fine cast and a perfectly pitched soundtrack (that includes tracks by Radiohead, acclaimed Japanese experimental rock band, Boris, and this year s Mercury Prize winners, The XX) make Confessions one of the most original and impressive films of the year.

Special Features

  • 70 minute featurette 'Final Confession' by Tetsuya Nakashima

  • 'Real Confessions' by Students

  • Interview with Tetsuya Nakashima

  • Theatrical Trailer

  • True 1080p High Definition transfer with DTS 5.1 Sound and removable English subtitles.

    Product Description

    United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Japanese ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Takako Matsu (K-20: Legend Of The Mask) plays a middle-school teacher whose four-year-old daughter is found dead. Shattered, she finally returns to her classroom only to become convinced that two of her students were responsible for her daughter's murder. No one believes her, and she may very well be wrong, but she decides, nevertheless, that it's time to take her 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: they are guilty and must be punished. Brilliantly building the psychological tension from the film's very start before pulling out all the stops for a devastating and explosive finale, Tetsuya Nakashima (Kamikaze Girls) has produced what is arguably his most mature and impressive work to date. A superb script, excellent performances from a fine cast and a perfectly pitched soundtrack (that includes tracks by Radiohead, acclaimed Japanese experimental rock band, Boris, and this year's Mercury Prize winners, The XX) make Confessions one of the most original and impressive films of the year. ...Confessions (2010) ( Kokuhaku ) (Blu-Ray)

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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    Led by an excellent performance from Takako Matsu, the story follows a school teacher who is convinced that her daughter was murdered, and is driven to ensure that the guilty are brought to justice.

    The build-up towards the stunning conclusion is chilling, precisely slow but never boring. The film is rather structured as a set of character studies, and paints an extreme image of what human beings are capable of under copious amounts of pressure, regardless of their age. There are striking images in the film to convey emotion where words are unspoken, and while the teacher is resolute in her mission, there seems to be an undercurrent of her longing to return to innocence.

    In a summary, this is one frightening and intense film, not to be missed.
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    45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is Served!!!! 16 Mar 2011
    Format:DVD
    Confessions is the type of film that lingers with you long after a viewing. Typical of Japanese cinema it is clever, though provoking, witty, controversial and thoroughly refreshing compared to the typical output of western cinema.

    Telling of teacher whose daughter was murdered by her students it follows her ultimate revenge on two students who are too young to face legal justice. Taking matters into her own hands the revenge she inflicts is far sweeter than any prison sentence.

    Focusing on different characters and their own mini confessions the people in this film are surprising and original. There is no good and bad and you find you must take sides either with a sorrowful yet hate filled teacher whose daughter was murdered or a disturbed yet lonely school boy who has become a murderer. For me the choice was easy...

    Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, whose other films include Kamikaze girls and Memories of Matsuko , Confessions is a step into a far darker world than any of his previous films. This is not a comedy like the others and it is not filled with ornate sets and vivid colours and costumes. However it is beautifully directed and has a wonderfully haunting soundtrack featuring artists as varied as J Pop girl group sensation AKB48 to little known British indie group The XX. The subtlety of Confessions shows that Nakashima is truly progressing into one of Japan's best directors, he can do the funny flashy stuff and now shows another serious and sensory side to his work.

    This has to be one the best Japanese films I have seen in ages (and I've seen a lot!!!) and it's one of the few films where witnessing the destruction of one life brings a happy smile to your face.... justice is served!!!!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing piece of art! 25 May 2012
    Format:DVD
    Right from the start it is clearly obvious that this is something very different and special. It is not just a very good film but also a piece of art work that deserves respect even by those who do not like it.
    Everything draws you in and doesn't let go, the dark corrupt atmosphere, the complex twisted characters, the moving sountrack, and the string of events that occur because of Moriguchi's lust for revenge.
    As I said, right from the start you know this is something special. Moriguchi's 30 minutes of dialogue at the start is incredible, it seems rather random at first, but soon adds up to her daughters death and eventually the shocking start of her revenge (and it really is only the start). Her remaining plans of revenge are mostly automatic from then on, a series of inevitable events spawned from her initial confession, maybe she gives the odd nudge here and there (I dont want to say too much!). With her plans coming to a conclusion towards the end of the film, which is a good end but doesnt quite stand up to the rest of the film. She is obviously relying on the cruelness of not only the main characters but the whole class, some may say that they are all unbelievably twisted and evil, but I suppose considering the circumstances they arent out of the realms of possibility.
    A simple approach to the film reveals a good thriller, with a unique set of characters, a good amount of gore, and some nice twists. However this film is far far deeper then that, and deserves to be praised for the unique, and thought provoking piece of art that it is. It's not quite a masterpiece, the odd nit picking here and there just prevents that. Such as the ending I mentioned which is a bit weak compared to the rest, dont get me wrong, it's very satisfying, just a little predictible.
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    18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Kokuhaku (Confessions). 16 April 2011
    Format:Blu-ray
    I continue to count Asian filmmakers as the bravest and most compelling working in cinema today. As Hollywood continues to withdraw into a bunker of blandness, taking almost no chances, Asian directors regularly push the boundaries of cinematic convention in new, dynamic and often delirious directions. The latest home run comes from Japanese director Tetsuya Nakashima. Cult Japanese writer director Tetsuya Nakashima follows up his critically acclaimed hits "Kamikaze Girls" and "Memories of Matsuko" with something considerably darker in the form of Confessions. The film is the year's best, at least for those with the stomach for its candy coated cruelty and soul crushing darkness. A tense, impeccably structured piece of story telling that throws harsh light on the very worst of its characters' broken souls, it grabs the viewer right from the start, with easily the year's most gut wrenching opening scene - which it then proceeds to top, time and time again, through to its nasty conclusion.

    Based upon Kanae Minato's award winning debut novel and dealing with themes of bullying, revenge and savage murder, the film is an exceptionally cruel affair, all the more so thanks to Nakashima's typically idiosyncratic approach and gorgeous visuals. The film is essentially an ensemble piece, revolving around Takako Matsu as Yuko Moriguchi, a teacher whose three year old daughter is found drowned in the school's swimming pool. As she reveals at the start of the film when announcing her imminent retirement, she knows the identity of the two killers, who are in fact two 13 year old teenage boys from her middle school class.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 21 days ago by Waasley
    5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is a living hell where no-one wins
    On her final day in school a female teacher informs her class that two of their fellow students have murdered her young daughter. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Alan Jones
    5.0 out of 5 stars A present for my husband but....
    A present for my husband but....It kept him quiet fro several nights, so I feel it must have been excellent.
    Published 2 months ago by Seligor
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowingly good Asian Cinema
    I watched this movie on film 4 a few weeks back and must say it ones of the best films I've seen in a good while . Read more
    Published 4 months ago by K. jackson
    5.0 out of 5 stars One sin leads to another
    I was slow in picking CONFESSIONS up despite positive reviews and awards (including an Oscar nomination), perhaps because of awkward attempts to shoehorn it into the... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by The 14 Amazons
    3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film, excellent video/audio quality, great special...
    As the inadequate subtitles detract from the experience considerably - how people perceive the scenes/characters/motivations - in a negative manner, I think there's a severe,... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Thomas
    4.0 out of 5 stars Confessions is an engrossingly original concept.
    Once again Tetsuya Nakashima does a great job at presenting a great tale of revenge with a very intricate script with alot of diverse layers.
    Published 9 months ago by Douglas A. Roy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
    A true masterpiece. Cinematographic excellence. The story ensues in the most original way. Heartbreaking and exciting.
    A realistic indictment on kids today
    Published 10 months ago by I. MAKULOLUWE
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite japanese film
    Confession is such a good Japanese film and is beautifully told if you haven't watch this film get it and watch it seriously
    Published 10 months ago by Jesse Cherdchuwichiakoon
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
    Excellent film a bit slow to start with but give it time and you won't be disappointed ! A film i could watch again !!
    Published 14 months ago by waynearcus
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