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Confessions of a Dog [DVD]

Shun Sugata , Junichi Kawamoto , Gen Takahashi    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Shun Sugata, Junichi Kawamoto, Hironobu Nomura, Harumi Inoue, Gen Idemitsu
  • Directors: Gen Takahashi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Third Window Films
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 195 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GP0NO8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,113 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Violence, illegal pay-offs, drugs, intimidation all things that you would relate to the yakuza, the Japanese mafia, but Gen Takahashi s epic 3-hour exposé introduces us to the most dangerous gang on the streets Japanese Law Enforcement. Takeda (Shun Sugata) is an honest police officer, father and husband, but after he s promoted to detective he quickly becomes embroiled in dirty back room dealings, blackmail, and corruption that goes right to the top of the force. Meanwhile renegade investigator Kusama (Junichi Kawamoto) must decide whether he should shake the foundations of Japanese law enforcement with the information that has come into his possession about the police. What will happen if both these men listen to their consciences? Too controversial to receive a theatrical release in Japan Confessions of a Dog has instead been distributed out of Hong Kong and has won critical praise from around the globe at festival screenings. 40 Minute 'Making Of Interview with Director Gen Takahashi Panel Discussion at the Shinsedei Film Festival Q&A with the director at the hinsedei Film Festival Trailer Trailers of other Third Window releases

Special Features

  • 40 Minute 'Making Of Interview with Director Gen Takahashi

  • Panel Discussion at the Shinsedei Film Festival

  • Q&A with the director at the hinsedei Film Festival

  • Trailer

  • Trailers of other Third Window releases

  • Product Description

    United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Surround ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Special Edition, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Explore Gen Takahashi's epic 3-hour exposť on the Japanese law enforcement. Takeda is an honest police officer, father and husband, but after he's promoted to detective he quickly becomes embroiled in dirty back room dealings, blackmail, and corruption that goes right to the top of the force. Meanwhile, investigator Kusama must decide whether he should shake the foundations of Japanese law enforcement with the information that has come into his possession about the police. Confessions Of A Dog won critical praise from around the globe at festival screenings. ...Confessions of a Dog ( Pochi no kokuhaku )

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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Tokyo Confidential 17 Mar 2011
    By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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    This is a mammoth film in terms of length and attempted scope. It tells the story of Takeda (Shun Segata) a low ranking police officer who after being noticed for being kind by the daughter of a politician, comes to the notice of the Police Chief. He is taken under his wing, or more accurately is controlled from that point onwards by his Chief. The immediate promotion leads him unfailingly to follow every order.

    He soon accepts everything he is told to do even when he knows it is morally repugnant and worse downright illegal. The control exerted over him stretches to his private life too so that what first appears as a balanced loving relationship with his pregnant wife soon fades into the background, and she becomes almost a part player.

    The corruption is picked up by a `renegade investigator' as described on the cover, we would just say an investigative journalist, and he gathers volumes of evidence. All of which his `newspaper' refuses to use and eventually turn on him. This forms the other strand to the story, in that not only are the police portrayed as corrupt but worse the press are willingly complicit and as the film unfolds so is virtually everyone. Whilst a fictional account Takahashi claims it is based on actual events.

    That is why this film directed by Gen Takahashi was banned in Japan. It portrays everyone of Japans police as corrupt or about to be turned, they frame anyone that will not work with them, are involved in rape, extortion and international drug dealing, including the Korean Mafia. Whilst this sounds like a plot spoiler it really is not. At 195 minutes there is an awful lot to tell and being so long requires commitment - I had to watch in two sittings.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Top Dog 5 Mar 2011
    Format:DVD
    Incredible film, it's a sort of Japanese 'The Wire' only bleaker.

    A tale of endemic corruption from top to bottom in the police force, although not based on a real story the director Gen Takahashi says all the incidents are based on real stories.
    As well as an exposing the police it also highlights a complicity and ineffectiveness in the local news media. It is powerfully played and has an epic feel. You don't feel that any of the 3 hours was wasted.
    It's a shame it hasn't had more exposure, it was hardly screened at all in it's native Japan.

    Highly recommended.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Tokyo Confidential 14 May 2011
    By Tommy Dooley - Published on Amazon.com
    This is a mammoth film in terms of length and attempted scope. It tells the story of Takeda (Shun Segata) a low ranking police officer who after being noticed for being kind by the daughter of a politician, comes to the notice of the Police Chief. He is taken under his wing, or more accurately is controlled from that point onwards by his Chief. The immediate promotion leads him unfailingly to follow every order.

    He soon accepts everything he is told to do even when he knows it is morally repugnant and worse downright illegal. The control exerted over him stretches to his private life too so that what first appears as a balanced loving relationship with his pregnant wife soon fades into the background, and she becomes almost a part player.

    The corruption is picked up by a `renegade investigator' as described on the cover, we would just say an investigative journalist, and he gathers volumes of evidence. All of which his `newspaper' refuses to use and eventually turn on him. This forms the other strand to the story, in that not only are the police portrayed as corrupt but worse the press are willingly complicit and as the film unfolds so is virtually everyone. Whilst a ficyional account Takahashi claims it is based on actual events.

    That is why this film directed by Gen Takahashi was banned in Japan. It portrays everyone of Japans police as corrupt or about to be turned, they frame anyone that will not work with them, are involved in rape, extortion and international drug dealing, including the Korean Mafia. Whilst this sounds like a plot spoiler it really is not. At 195 minutes there is an awful lot to tell and being so long requires commitment - I had to watch in two sittings.

    My copy is the region 2, limited 1000 edition which contains a collectable 35mm film cell and the bonus disc contains a `making of', an interview with Gen Takahasi and a panel discussion at Shinsedai Film Festival amongst others; so this presents as excellent value for money for the thrift minded. Presented in Japanese (some Korean and English) with English subtitles and here is a gripe, when Korean is being spoken the Japanese sub titles appear over the English making it nigh on impossible to read. Also it does feel overly long especially as the pace really slows down towards the end. Why Japan chose to ban it is of more concern, since in the West we have been happy with corruption films for many years. As a fan of foreign cinema I think this is a must see but as I said commitment is definitely required.
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