Back in January, I wrote 5600 words about two UK-based distribution companies, Third Window and Terracotta, who specialise in East Asian cinema. This was for my MA, and the beast of an essay - which touched on how they challenge traditional practice by using social media, special screenings and cult festivals as promotional channels - actually went down quite well. I'm currently thinking about how to present it. Would anyone be interested in it? I'd love to see it published somewhere. Maybe I'll cave in and lob it up here eventually.
Meanwhile, Third Window have released a new film, Confessions. Not only was it Japan's submission to the Academy Awards, but it also took home the big prizes at the Japanese equivalent. There's a lot of love for this, but it's not at all the kind of safe, predictable work that is usually pimped out to the international audience. Have a read and see.
Directed by cult favourite, Tetsuya Nakashima (Kamikaze Girls, Memories Of Matsuko), revenge drama Confessions was recently given the seal of approval from its home film industry when it was submitted as Japan's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards. Although, don't let that fool you. This is not a consensus-forming safe bet. No, this is rather an ugly proposition, indeed.
Initially concerned with mystery, Confessions soon finds itself lost in relentless revelation, a feature-length third act, where characters narrate motivation either before or alongside the action itself.
In a compelling, nightmarish opening sequence, a bereaved teacher (Takako Matsu) lectures her unruly class of teenage yahoos about life. Her daughter was found dead on school grounds and, worse, she believes that it was no accident, but a harsh act on the part of two of her students. So, calm, collected, and with a gentle sincerity that cuts through the rabble, she explains her plan for revenge.
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