HAKAMADA - THE LONGEST- HELD DEATH ROW INMATE IN THE WORLD

By Louis DAI

RESERVOIR DOCS - as SALES All rights, World

True Story - Completed 2019

HAKAMADA exposes the failings of the Japanese criminal justice system through the plight of Iwao Hakamada, the longest-held death row inmate in the world, and his sister’s 47-year-long fight for his innocence.

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Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2020
Doc Market Films
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • True Story, Documentary, Crime
    • Countries
    • AUSTRALIA
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 73 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Louis DAI
    • Producer(s)
    • Louis DAI (Walkingfish productions)
    • Synopsis

    • When conviction is guaranteed, justice is lost.

      On the 30th of June, 1966, in a small country-side in Japan, four members of the Hashimoto family are stabbed and burnt to death in their family home.

      The savagery of the crime shakes the country and shortly after, 30-year-old retired boxer Iwao Hakamada is arrested, convicted and sentenced to death. Despite a lack of evidence, Hakamada would remain on death row for almost half a century before being granted a retrial in 2014.

      HAKAMADA THE LONGEST-HELD DEATH ROW INMATE IN THE WORLD, reveals the human cost of Japan’s 99,9% conviction rate, through the plight of Iwao Hakamada and sister Hideko’s 47-year-long battle to save him from execution.

      This important expose, featuring an astonishing confession from a former judge, shows us that a “perfect” justice system is anything but…
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