Previously at the ICA - Films
16 Jan 2011
Completely compelling and brilliantly styled and structured, the new film from the director of previous ICA favourites Kamikaze Girls and Memories of Matsuko has already been a huge hit in Japan and is that country’s official entry for this year’s Academy Awards. A teacher whose daughter has been murdered by two of her teenage students controls the narrative, standing before her unruly class and laying out her reasons for the revenge which is to follow. Inexorably, the truth behind the tragedy is revealed as the film moves between numerous perspectives, allowing the audience an unprecedented access to the hearts and minds of a cross-section of troubled characters. A one-of-a-kind experience, full of anger, sadness and surprises, that never lets you settle or stop thinking.
Dir Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan 2010, 106 mins, subtitles, cert tbc, digital print