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  • Half a Confession
    半落ち

    . 2004│122’│35mm│Color

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    A drama depicting nobility of human life and love through a marital bond
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    Directed by: Kiyoshi Sasabe…………………………………..Music by: Tamiya Terashima Based on a novel by: Hideo Yokoyama

    Screenplay by: Toshiyuki Tabe, Kiyoshi Sasabe………..Cinematography by: Mutsuo Naganuma

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    [Cast]
    Akira Terao as Soichiro Kaji…………………………………..Mieko Harada as Keiko Kaji
    Kyohei Shibata as Kazumasa Shigi

    ©HALF A CONFESSION

    [Synopsis, Notes]
    Former police detective Kaji (Akira Terao) turns himself in at his local police station and confesses to the murder of his wife (Mieko Harada) at their home, three days earlier. Under questioning by his former colleague Shiki (Kyohei Shibata), he explains that the shock of their son’s death from leukemia brought about the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in his wife, which ultimately led her to ask Kaji to end her suffering.

    However, despite rigorous interrogation, he steadfastly refuses to explain his movements in the two days between his wife’s death and his surrender. An ambitious reporter begins her own investigation, and the ensuing trial becomes a standoff between a zealous prosecutor and a young judge with a personal stake in the defendant’s plight. A verdict is reached, but it is only then that the sad truth of the missing two days emerges…
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    [Film Festivals, Awards] 2005 – 25th Japan Academy Awards: Best Film, Best Actor (Akira Terao)

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    Screenings: Hanoi: 16.11., 10:00 / 21.11., 19:00 / 24.11., 14:40 Danang: 7.12., 10:00

    Ba Ria: 14.12., 10:00