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Crime & Mystery

Memoirs of a Murderer

22年目の告白 —私が殺人犯です—

Directed by: Yu Irie

Year: 2017

Length: 117 minutes

Classification rating: Strictly 18+

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A KILLER’S CONFESSION RESURRECTS A DETECTIVE’S ANGUISH

Screened as part of JFF 2017

A man identifying himself Masato Sonezaki (Tatsuya Fujiwara, Erased) suddenly emerges onto the public spotlight, confessing to a string of unsolved murders that terrorised Tokyo 22 years ago. His modus operandi: strangling victims from behind while another bears witness to the crime. Every witness is spared in order to report their ordeal to the police and media, amplifying the killer’s notoriety.

With the statue of limitations long expired, Sonezaki brazenly launches a memoir of his crimes, while sadistically taunting case detectives and surviving witnesses on the media circuit.

Sonezaki’s taunts are especially personal for lead detective Wataru Makimura (Hideaki Ito, Terraformars), having witnessed his mentor’s murder as the killer’s fifth and final victim. With no avenue for prosecution, Makimura is wracked by his failure to crack the case all those years ago. Yet despite the killer’s candid confession, a series of lingering questions leads Makimura to delve deeper in search of closure.

Witness this devious murder mystery for yourself, with evidently more twists and turns than the killer’s thick noose!

A remake of the 2012 South Korean thriller Confession of Murder, director Yu Irie’s (The Sun) take is a gripping, at times brutal, battle of wits that will leave you at the edge of your seat. For those who’ve seen the original, enough changes have been incorporated to warrant a second look.
Audience warning: This film contains strong themes and strong violence.

Director: Yu Irie

Producers: Naoaki Kitajima and Masaki Koide

Original Story: Byung-gil Jung

Screenplay: Kenya Hirata and Yu Irie

Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Hideaki Ito, Kaho, Shuhei Nomura, Toru Nakamura, Anna Ishibashi, Taichi Saotome, Ryo Ryusei, Mitsuru Hirata, Ryo Iwamatsu and Koichi Iwaki

Genre: Crime & Mystery

Format: DCP colour