PENANCE

SHOKUZAI

By Kiyoshi KUROSAWA

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Drama - Completed 2012

Her mother's verdict.
God may forgive you, but I never will.

Festivals
& Awards

La Biennale di Venezia - Venice FF 2012
Out of Competition
Toronto - TIFF 2012
Contemporary World Cinema
San Sebastian FF 2012
Zabaltegi Specials
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama, Crime
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE
    • Duration
    • 270 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kiyoshi KUROSAWA
    • Writer(s)
    • Kiyoshi KUROSAWA
    • Synopsis
    • Fifteen years ago, tragedy struck a small town when a young elementary school girl Emili (Hazuki Kimura) was abducted and killed by a stranger. Four girls who had been playing with Emili at the time (Erika Omata, Manatsu Kimura, Asumi Kikuchi, Kyoka Shibata) are the first to discover her body. The abductor is never found and the crime goes unsolved. Crazed with grief, Emili's mother Asako (Kyoko Koizumi) condemns the four girls, none of which can remember the abductor's face. She tells them, "Do whatever you have to to find the killer. Otherwise, you can pay a penance that I approve." Deeply affected by Asako's condemnation, the four girls become adults (Yu Aoi, Eiko Koike, Sakura Ando, Chizuru Ikewaki) burdened with the curse of "penance" which eventually triggers a chain of tragic events.
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