Memoirs of a Murderer

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018

(Un)true Colours – Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema

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£7 concessions, £6.50 members

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Memoirs of a Murderer
(22 nenme no kokuhaku: Watashi ga satsujinhan desu 22年目の告白―私が殺人犯です)

Certificate: 18
Length: 117 min
Director: Yu Irie
Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Hideaki Ito, Kaho, Shuhei Nomura, Anna Ishibashi, Ryo Ryusei
Language: Japanese with English subtitles

Everybody has once told a lie or kept something hidden from others. Whether for good intentions or otherwise, it is a fundamental and intriguing aspect of human nature which has provided inspiration to countless storytellers and filmmakers.

With diverse cinematic voices, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 features some of the best examples of cinema from Japan and will look at how the country’s filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the “(un)true” colours of human nature. The twists and turns of life portrayed in the programme are at times heart-rending, at other times hilarious, but always enthralling.

When a legal loophole allows a string of unsolved brutal murders to pass the statute of limitations, the fame-hungry killer, known as the Tokyo strangler (Tatsuya Fujiwara), suddenly emerges in public spotlight, announcing the release of his “tell-all” book confessing to the unsolved brutal murders committed decades ago. Watching the media frenzy unfold is detective Makimura (Hideaki Ito), wracked by his failure to crack the case years ago. However, a series of lingering questions leads Makimura to delve deeper in search of closure.

Yu Irie adapts Jung Byoung-Gil’s gripping thriller Confession of Murder in this murder mystery, featuring more twisted turns than the original. A huge domestic box office hit, this thriller packs a punch and features an all-star cast.

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