Half a Confession

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Half a Confession
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DVD cover for Half a Confession (2004)
Directed by Kiyoshi Sasabe [1]
Produced bySunao Sakagami
Written by Kiyoshi Sasabe
Toshiyuki Tabe
Starring Akira Terao
Mieko Harada
Kyohei Shibata
Music by Tamiya Terajima
CinematographyMutsuo Naganuma
Edited byHideaki Ohata
Distributed by Toei
Release date
  • January 10, 2004 (2004-01-10)
Running time
122 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Half a Confession(半落ち,Han'ochi) is a 2004 Japanese film directed by Kiyoshi Sasabe. It was chosen as Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony. [2]

Kiyoshi Sasabe Japanese film director

Kiyoshi Sasabe is a Japanese film director.

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Summary

Respected inspector Soichiro Kaji is imprisoned for killing his wife, Keiko, who, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, requested it. His colleagues at Tokyo Police Force discover that Kaji intended to commit suicide after killing her, but instead went away on a bullet train two days later. A suspicious item is found in his coat pocket that suggests Kaji was unfaithful. The incident makes headlines in Tokyo, where a young female reporter sets out to find the truth about the acclaimed yet intriguingly silent defendant. Soichiro Kaji has drawn the interest of many: lawyer, judge, detective, relative... Slowly they weave the tale behind it all and tentatively tread upon the question of euthanasia.

Alzheimers disease Progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by memory loss

Alzheimer's disease (AD), also referred to simply as Alzheimer's, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. It is the cause of 60–70% of cases of dementia. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events. As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation, mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self-care, and behavioural issues. As a person's condition declines, they often withdraw from family and society. Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death. Although the speed of progression can vary, the typical life expectancy following diagnosis is three to nine years.

Euthanasia is the practice of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering.

Cast

Akira Terao is a Japanese musician, singer and movie actor. He is the eldest son of actor Jūkichi Uno. Terao is known for wearing sunglasses and for his expressions of nihilism. Because he has two moles on one cheek, he has the nickname of "hoppe" (ボッペ), meaning "cheek". He attended schools Wako Gakuen, Hosei University Daini Senior High School, and graduated from the vocational school Bunka Gakuin.The promotional agencies to which he has belonged are, in order, Horipro, Ishihara International Productions, Inc., and Terao Ongaku Jimusho (寺尾音楽事務所), literally "Terao Music Offices," his own, personal office. As of 2012, he is the only male actor to have received both the Japan Record Award and the Japan Academy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Mieko Harada is a Japanese actress from Tokyo. She has played various roles in many motion pictures, television shows and television dramas since her debut in 1974.

Hidetaka Yoshioka Japanese actor

Hidetaka Yoshioka is a Japanese actor known for his performance in several movies as a child and lately the award-winning TV drama Dr. Kotō Shinryōjo. He notably played the part of Tora-san's little nephew in the "Otoko wa Tsurai yo" film series, and he appeared in Akira Kurosawa's "Rhapsody in August" and "Madadayo". He won the Japan Academy Award Best Actor in 2006 for "Always - Sunset on Third Street".

Reception

The film was nominated for twelve awards at the 2005 Japan Academy Prize, winning Best Film and Best Actor. [3] It also won the award for Best Actor at the 2005 Blue Ribbon Awards.

The Blue Ribbon Awards are film-specific prizes awarded solely by movie critics and writers in Tokyo, Japan.

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References

  1. Infobox data from 半落ち (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database . Retrieved 16 May 2009.and Han-ochi (2004) on IMDb
  2. "Awards for Han-ochi (2004)" (in Japanese). Internet Movie Database . Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  3. "The Japan Film Show – Victoria". Consulate-General of Japan in Vancouver. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
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