Confessions (Kokuhaku)
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Yuko Moriguchi is a middle-school teacher whose four-year-old daughter is found dead. Shattered, she finally returns to her classroom only to become convinced that two of her students were responsible for her daughter's murder. No one believes her, and she may very well be wrong, but she decides, nevertheless, that it's time to take her revenge. What happens next is all-out psychological warfare waged against her students in an attempt to force them into confessing what she knows in her heart to be true: they are guilty and must be punished.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'Confessions' may be too grimly cynical to convince fully, but its combination of visual excess, dark wit, random violence, psychological insight and raw emotional intensity is intoxicating."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"A confusing and rather daft Japanese mystery/horror yarn..."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"Nakashima's most accomplished film to date."
‑ Virginie Sélavy, Electric Sheep
"Impressively directed and beautifully shot, this is a superbly written thriller with strong performances and a terrific soundtrack, though the relentless barrage of twists and turns is ultimately both confusing and overwhelming."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Despite the intensity of the first-act monologue, Nakashima's hypnotic, slo-mo style keeps tension and humour well short of the bad-taste extremity that Takashi Miike might have delivered."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
"A difficult film to like, an impossible one not to grudgingly admire."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"I have to say that, despite its effective opening premise and some interestingly spacey mood-alterations and tonal shifts, I found it overcooked and overwrought, and sometimes quite implausible..."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"An engaging and undeniably interesting slant on the source of vendetta and the psychology behind violence and cruelty."
‑ Dominic Radcliffe, Little White Lies
"A typically edgy Japanese schoolyard horror, with some serious - and uncomfortable - things to say."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"As its title implies, the film is a series of confessions by those involved on both sides of the senseless death ..."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"You'll need caffeine on an IV drip to survive it."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"The incredible first act boasts more horror, surprise and intrigue than most fully-formed features, and though the subsequent hour never feels as concise or gathered, this is a potent, almost unbearably visceral slice of confronting cinema."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"An audacious exhibition of cinematic ingenuity and control."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"While it might turn off awards voters, its strange, icy beauty will win it a fair few fans among the black-nail-polish mob."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"Offsetting the shrillness of its melodrama with the sedateness of it pace, Confessions is a bombastic, almost operatic affair that masks its Heathers-like satire behind an entirely straight face - until, that is, its final punchline."
‑ Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound
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