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Lesson in Murder
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A person with a bowl haircut leans closely into someone's ear, whispering dark secrets
Lesson in Murder 死刑にいたる病, dir. Kazuya Shiraishi, Japan 2022, 128 min., Japanese with English subtitles, 15 © 2022 “Lesson in Murder” Film Partners

Masaya (Kenshi Okada) wiles away his gloomy and far from ideal university days. One day, he receives a letter from the worst serial killer in history Haimura Yamato (Sadawo Abe), who has been convicted of nine murders and sentenced to death. In the letter, Haimura admits to eight murders but insists the last 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 which proves to be nauseating.

One of the most prolific Japanese directors of the twenty-first century, Kazuya Shiraishi does not shy away from depicting crude violence, making this film painfully powerful. Sadawo Abe perfectly performs his role of Haimura, a horrible serial killer who exerts a vicious yet subtly conveyed instability.
06:10 pm
Thu, 09 Feb 2023
Cinema 1
05:40 pm
Sun, 12 Feb 2023
Cinema 1

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