Friday, July 3, 2009
Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival
“Anyone who is willing to assist the execution will be granted a weeklong vacation.” Hirai, a quiet, middle-aged prison guard, finds little joy at his job other than his daily interactions with Kaneda, a death-row inmate. But when he struggles to gain acceptance from his six-year-old stepson, he agrees to assist in Kaneda’s execution, so that he may take his new family on a modest trip. This subtle yet emotionally powerful film explores the dark side of Hirai and Kaneda’s conscience as the execution approaches.
2008, 115 min., 35mm. Directed by Hajime Kadoi. With Kaoru Kobayashi, Hidetoshi Nishijima and Nene Otsuka.
Part of JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, June 30 - July 12, 2009.
$8 Japan Society members
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