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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Premiere Status:Japan
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:300
Original Language:Japanese
dir:Kiyoshi Kurosawa
prod:Tomomi Takashima
Yumi Arakawa
Nobuhiro Iizuka
scr:Kiyoshi Kurosawa
cam:Akiko Ashizawa
editor:Koichi Takahashi
mus:Yusuke Hayashi
cast:Kyoko Koizumi
Teruyuki Kagawa
Yu Aoi
Eiko Koike
Sakura Andô
Chizuru Ikewaki
Mirai Moriyama
Kenji Mizuhashi
Ryo Kase
Tomoharu Hasegawa
Ayumi Ito
Hirofumi Arai
Tetsushi Tanaka
source:Free Stone Productions

Kiyoshi Kurosawa brings his usual scrupulous gaze to notions of vengeance and guilt in his epic new work. Focusing on a mother whose daughter is killed and the four childhood friends who perhaps bear some culpability for the crime, the film is told in multiple parts, each focusing on a particular character. Asako is the parent in question and her child Emili is kidnapped one day while playing with her friends after school. All of the surviving girls saw the face of the culprit, but claim to have no memory of any defining details. Understandably, Asako finds this hard to believe and curses the girls, saying they must pay for their negligence. True to her word, 15 years later she tracks down each girl to try and find some answers. What she discovers is a quartet of young women who have been affected by the experience in manifold ways. With mounting tension, subtle characterization and moving performances, Penance justifies its expansive runtime with a surety of storytelling and style that befit its epic nature.
-Rod Armstrong

Additional Information

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Born in Kobe, Japan, Kiyoshi Kurosawa studied sociology at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. He began making films in his twenties and first became known internationally with his moody serial killer film Cure (SFIFF 1997). His film Tokyo Sonata (2008) won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize in Cannes among other accolades. SFIFF has also shown his environmentally themed Charisma in 2000 and wonderful horror comedy Doppelganger in 2004.