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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.
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Confessions is the slow, inevitable and focused process of revenge adopted by a teacher who was the victim of an abuse.
But her cold-blooded approach, although reflected in the overall mood of the film, does not make it algid in its unfolding of the story, where, instead, the internal struggle between opposite human feelings (mercy and hate, forgiveness and survival) produce an increasing sense of drama that, at the end, really tears you apart.
A truly fantastic film, not so extreme as other japanese titles, but equally if not more compelling.
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.
Blu ray picture/sound is flawless and the 70 minute making of doc (subtitled, on accompanying DVD) is fascinating. An essential purchase for all.
As its subtitled it's not a film where you can go and make a cup of tea while still listening, and don't start playing with your phone or you'll misss something important.
It's not just a film about revenge, and if you're expecting a rage driven, blood spattered bride, or a creepy ghost girl then this isn't what you want. This explores the whole range of emotions felt by someone who has lost a loved one because of the actions of others who walkes away without consequence.... but as we all know, all of our actions have consequences.
Watch it once, and you'll like it. Then watch it again and love it. I'm now reading the book and am thoroughly enjoying it so if you love books more than films read it first.
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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