North American Premiere
The late, great Ren Osugi (Hana-bi) stars as a prison chaplain working on death row in this thought-provoking chamber drama—his final film as an actor and first as a producer. Visiting with a regular roster of inmates who await their final sentence—including a converted ex-yakuza and a philosophy-spouting mass murderer—the newly appointed clergyman gradually learns of their circumstances and is forced to confront his own understanding of life, death and salvation. Featuring unforgettable characters and a restrained visual style, Dai Sako’s searching film takes on the rarely-addressed topic of Japan’s death penalty in order to question the state of the country’s soul.
2018. 114 min. Directed by Dai Sako. With Ren Osugi, Reo Tamaoki, Setsuko Karasuma, Kanji Furutachi.
|Part of JAPAN CUTS 2019
Tickets: $15/$12 students, seniors & persons with disability/$10 Japan Society members
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- July 21, 2019
- 5:15 pm