Confessions 2010

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Japanese thriller starring Takako Matsu as Yuko Moriguchi, a school teacher who embarks on a revenge spree after her four-year-old child is murdered. When Yuko comes home one day to find her daughter dead, she immediately becomes convinced that the killers are two of her pupils. Returning to school to announce her resignation, she calmly informs her students that she knows who is responsible, and is about to avenge her daughter's death in the most twisted way imaginable...

Starring:
Hotaru Nomoto, Yoshino Kimura
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Hotaru Nomoto, Yoshino Kimura, Kaoru Fujiwara, Takuya Kusakawa, Mana Ashida, Hiroki Nakajima, Takako Matsu, Sora Iwata, Karin Katô, Rena Nônen, Masaki Okada, Daichi Izumi, Ayaka Miyoshi, Yukito Nishii, Kai Inowaki
Director Tetsuya Nakashima
Genres Thriller
Studio FUSION MEDIA SALES
Rental release 25 April 2011
Main languages Japanese
Subtitles English
Original title Kokuhuku
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Hotaru Nomoto, Yoshino Kimura, Kaoru Fujiwara, Takuya Kusakawa, Mana Ashida, Hiroki Nakajima, Takako Matsu, Sora Iwata, Karin Katô, Rena Nônen, Masaki Okada, Daichi Izumi, Ayaka Miyoshi, Yukito Nishii, Kai Inowaki
Director Tetsuya Nakashima
Genres Thriller
Studio FUSION MEDIA SALES
Rental release 25 April 2011
Main languages Japanese
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 July 2014
Format: DVD
On her final day in school a female teacher informs her class that two of their fellow students have murdered her young daughter. Because they are too young to face legal justice she informs the class that she has decided to punish them in her own way. This absorbing and disturbing introduction is the catalyst to a number of 'confessions' by the main characters of the film.

The film captures and presents the chaos and collective will of the classroom where cruelty appears normal and bulling can be manipulated. The true horror of this film comes not from the scenes of violence but from the exploration of the motives behind the seemingly inhuman acts which we witness. These brutal acts are the result of deep human needs which we all have. What is particularly chilling is that it is children who are behaving in such a cruel manner. I am reminded of Lord of the Flies.

However, it is the teacher, Takako Matsu who is the driving force behind the narrative. She is an unrelenting force of justice and revenge. This film is almost Shakespearean in its depth and meaning. There is sadness in the inevitability of the conclusion. One cannot help but be moved by the storytelling. This is a film that stays with you long after its viewing.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By selma_hepburn on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Napalm_trickster on 3 Jan. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I saw this film on a late night as I was channel hopping round a mates as insomnia had hit me; and by chance flicked onto film four, had missed most of it; and didn't finish it; But from what I saw I thought it was worth getting. So next day typed away on Amazon found the film ordered it. got it. watched it. and here I am :)
I absolutely loved this film; it was clever intricate; ok it was a bit artsy; but a good story; the acting was first rate and the western themed music coming from Radiohead The XX suited the plot. Though not to sure you can say the film was loaded with realism. but who cares this film is not a documentary it is not about real life. Though bullying is seen through out and can show you how bullying can affect people.
everyone should watch this film; yes I know some people don't like watching subtitled films. But that shouldn't stop anyone from giving this film a try.
I'm becoming more and more of an avid fan of Asian film making from Korean movies to Japanese movies. Does make a change from the tripe we get from Hollywood (at times)
this film of twisted revenge from a teacher to two of her pupils; appears twisted but leaves you at the beginning wondering if this revenge was justified or was going to work; but as you carry on you see the extent and honestly if she was my teacher I wouldn't be scared of being a teacher's pet as making her angry would lead to bad things :)
the twisted nature is reminiscent of Oldboy. But on a different level.
the film is beautifully shot even with the dark overtones of the story;
If your a fan of Japanese movies then this is well worth a watch. the blu ray release is nice..
two discs the film being on Blu ray disc and the specials features being on disc 2 which is DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StevieDVD on 8 Dec. 2011
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This really is a very good film, but a very sombre affair compared to the directors previous works (Kamikaze girls, Memories Of Matsuko). Some very nice twists and turns with a good solid story and quality acting to back it all up.

If you like the wackyness of K-Girls and Memories this may not be for you as the subject matter combined with the darkness of the filming, teamed with a music score featuring some rather depressing tracks by Radiohead & The XX, this can be a little overwhelming and possibly upsetting to some tamer viewers.

I really can't say much without giving anything away, but if you're an avid film lover you should really see this, I was very impressed by the film. Everything just works so well together, and for the most part it keeps you second-guessing as to what is going on.
This is definately his most mature work to date and I don't really think he could do something like this again.

On to the ending, all I can say is Why? Its maybe 6 or 7 minutes too much, we know whats happened, we get it, just end the film. It didn't fit in to the tone of the film, way too over the top, and quite frankly made me think the film had ended and I'd inadvertently flicked on MTV where some Emo-rock band music video was playing.
Just because I thought the ending spoilt what I would call an absolute corker, I'd say it was a 7 and half out of 10, but really if you stopped the film a good 5 minutes from the end (pretty much when you find everything out, piece everything together, and feel the film has finished) it could easily be a 9 out of 10.
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