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

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]

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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.

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  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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