Japan Foundation: Lesson in Murder

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CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)Shiraishi Kazuya
Writer(s)Takada Ryô
Running Time2HR 8MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles, Recommended 15
SeasonThe Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024

After receiving a letter from the worst serial killer in history (Abe Sadawo), Masaya’s (Okada Kenshi) university days build to a crescendo of nauseating dread as he learns a cruel truth.

Haimura has been convicted of nine murders and sentenced to death. In the letter, Haimura admits to having committed eight murders but insists that the last murder was not committed by him. Accepting Haimura’s request to find the true killer, Masaya begins to investigate the last of the murders. As he dives deep into the criminal mind, a shocking truth is revealed.

One of the most prolific Japanese directors of the twenty-first century, Shiraishi Kazuya does not shy away from depicting crude violence, making this film painfully powerful. Abe Sadawo perfectly performs his role of Haimura, a horrible serial killer who exerts a vicious yet subtly conveyed instability.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023 is organised by the Japan Foundation, with Major Support from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, with Sponsorship in Kind from SUQQU, Athletia, and Clearspring and in Cultural Partnership with The Japan Society and JAL.


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