Confessions of a Dog
Saturday, July 11, 2009
(Pochi no kokuhaku)
Q&A with director Gen Takahashi!
"In Japan there are two things you shouldn't question: the emperor and the police," says the film's protagonist, Takeda, a loyal detective who is seduced into an organized drug ring involving Japan's entire police department. Over three hours long, this film is fast-paced and full of astounding performances and a gritty attitude. This riveting commentary on law enforcement's abuse of power, the media's complete obedience and unquestioning public compliance was finally released in Japan after a four-year controversy.
2008, 195 minutes, DVcam. Directed by Gen Takahashi. With Shun Sugata, Hironobu Nomura and Harumi Inoue and Gen Idemitsu.
Bio: Gen Takahashi (director)
Born in Tokyo, Gen Takahashi began his film career at Toei's Tokyo studio. His theatrical and film directorial debut Heartless (1992) achieved enduring acclaim as a cult favorite and was followed by a number of popular films such as Young Blood Typhoon (1995) and Lady Plastic (2001). In 2004, Charon (2005) won the Fantaland Grand Prix (audience award) at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. His latest film, Goth (2008), is an adaptation of a popular horror novel by Otsu-ichi.
Part of JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, June 30 - July 12, 2009.
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