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Half a Confession (2004)

Han-ochi (original title)
Soichiro Kaji killed his wife who suffers from Parkinson's disease, he surrenders to police two days later. Tops of the police wish an early settlement of the affair by fair means or foul ... See full summary »

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Kiyoshi Sasabe
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Cast

Credited cast:
Akira Terao Akira Terao ... Soichiro Kaji
Mieko Harada ... Keiko Kaji
Hidetaka Yoshioka Hidetaka Yoshioka
Mayu Tsuruta Mayu Tsuruta
Kyôhei Shibata Kyôhei Shibata
Kirin Kiki ... Yasuko Shimamura
Reiko Takashima Reiko Takashima
Jun Kunimura
IHARA ... (as Tsuyoshi Ihara)
Tomoko Naraoka Tomoko Naraoka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hirotarô Honda Hirotarô Honda
Hisashi Igawa
Renji Ishibashi
Hôshi Ishida Hôshi Ishida ... Toshiya Kaji (as Hoshi Ishida)
Takashi Kikuchi Takashi Kikuchi
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Storyline

Soichiro Kaji killed his wife who suffers from Parkinson's disease, he surrenders to police two days later. Tops of the police wish an early settlement of the affair by fair means or foul because he is a former detective and an instructor at police academy now. Detective Shiki questions Kaji closely about what he did two days after the murder, however Kaji keeps silent about it. What was he doing for two days? Why doesn't he confess it?

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 January 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Half a Confession See more »

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$14,638,660
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Color
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Complexed drama on difficult moral choices...
11 October 2009 | by domi-mihaljSee all my reviews

In this emotionally tormenting drama we slowly discover reasons behind the main character actions but also follow the behavior of all other sides involved in the story (police, prosecutor, media, defense layer, judge, victim's sister) with accent on their own moral doubts, their integrity, courage and fears. In that sense director is trying to present the truth as puzzle where understanding every piece is necessary to comprehend it and because of complexity of problem that story analysis it becomes difficult to maneuver with every aspect at the same level.

Pace of the movie is slow, like director is giving us time to think about moral choice every character makes. And actors are overall great in presenting psychological torments they characters are experiencing. In the end their is no final answer concerning the choice around movie evolves, only that what we decide and try to live with it.


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