Confessions
Kokuhaku
Japan, 2010, 106 minutes, SD
Confessions Synopsis


From the director of 'Memories of Matsuko' and 'Kamikaze Girls', Tetsuya Nakashima this time leads us into a much darker territory.


Reigning in his impulse to create surreal candy-colored worlds full of chaos and confusion, Nakashima opts instead for an intense drama throbbing with dark emotions and powered by a savage central performances. Television heroine, Takako Matsu, plays a middle-school teacher whose four-year-old daughter is murdered.


Shattered, she finally returns to her classroom, only to become convinced that two of her students were responsible for her daughter's death. No one believes her, and she may very well be wrong, but she decides that it's time to take her revenge.


What happens next is an 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 it's true: they all turn out to be guilty, but not of the crime she thinks they committed.




Won the Best Asian Film at Hong Kong Film Awards, 2011




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Reviewed by Lorlor87
Confessions, wow! They should have this as part of every teaching course in the UK. It lingers with you a long, long ways after watching. Clever, thought provoking, massively controversial... more
Confessions, wow! They should have this as part of every teaching course in the UK. It lingers with you a long, long ways after watching. Clever, thought provoking, massively controversial and a real breath of fresh air compared to the typical product of western cinema. The story is pretty straightforward - a teacher takes revenge for the death of her daughter. Let the mind games begin! I hope one day Hollywood has the guts to remake this and Battle Royale (and NO I'm not referring to The Hunger Games)
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  • The story and plot of the movie stand out as the grieving mother takes revenge against her own students. 

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