I Just Didn't Do It
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- Movie: I Just Didn't Do It
- Romaji: Soredemo boku wa yattenai
- Japanese: それでもボクはやってない
- Director: Masayuki Suo
- Writer: Masayuki Suo
- Producer: Shintaro Horikawa, Yoshino Sasaki, Daisuke Sekiguchi
- Cinematographer: Naoki Kayano
- Release Date: January 20, 2007
- Runtime: 143 min.
- Movie Studio: Fuji TV
- Distributor: Toho
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
Teppei Kaneko (Ryo Kase) is a young guy, typical of many of his generation; he works part-time, hangs out in Tokyo and tries to figure out what life has in store for him.
He finds out the hard way. Finally getting his act together, he's on his way to his first job interview when he's accused of groping a young schoolgirl on the train.
He desperately pleads his innocence but the police are only interested in coercing a quick confession and closing the books. Before he knows what's going on his denials plunge him into a Kafka-esque world of bureaucracy and precedent.
Being held in custody is a frustrating, brutalizing and lonely experience for Teppei. The prosecutor ignores his explanations of innocence and he's summarily arraigned for trial. In Japan judges are promoted for the speed with which they deal with their caseloads with a resulting in a 99.9% guilty rate. Belying its adoption of most aspects of modern democracy, Japan does not have trial by jury and presumption of guilt is reality in all but name.
Being held in custody is a frustrating, brutalizing and lonely experience for Teppei. The prosecutor ignores his explanations of innocence and he's summarily arraigned for trail. In Japan judges are promoted for the speed with which they deal with their caseloads with a resulting in a 99.9% guilty rate. Belying its adoption of most aspects of modern democracy, Japan does not have trial by jury and presumption of guilt is reality in all but name.
Meanwhile Teppei's mother and slacker best friend Tatsu, form an unlikely alliance to organize on his behalf. As his circle of friends and supporters gathers round, so too the noose of "justice" tightens and power of the state moves against one young man who is about to have to grow up very fast.
|Ryo Kase||Koji Yakusho||Asaka Seto||Kohji Yamamoto||Masako Motai|
|Teppei Kaneko||Masayoshi Arakawa||Riko Sudo||Tatsuo Saito||Toyoko Kaneko|
|Tetsushi Tanaka||Ken Mitsuishi||Toshinori Omi||Nao Omori||Ranran Suzuki|
|Akira Hamada||Mitsuru Sada||Kojo Shinjaki||Koji Yamada||Yoko Doi|
|Miako Tadano||Miyu Yagyu||Toru Nomaguchi||Hiroshi Yamamoto||Bokuzo Masana|
|Mitsuko Ichimura||Toshiko Furukawa||Shigeru Kogura||Satoshi Kitao||Mitsuaki Omori|
Additional Cast Members
- Hirotaro Honda - Hideo Mitsui
- Yosuke Ishii - Keizo Hirayama
- Toshiyuki Kitami - Takashi Miyamoto
- Fumiyo Kohinata - Shogo Muroyama
- Toru Masuoka - Seiichiro Tamura
- Shinya Owada - Toshio Hiroyasu
- Misa Shimizu - Kiyoko Sada
- Hiromasa Taguchi - Ichiro Tsukita
- Choei Takahashi - Masayoshi Arakawa
- Naoto Takenaka - Tomio Aoki
- Yu Tokui - Seiji Nishimura
- Ryosei Tayama - Seiji Wada
- Kaori Takeshita - middle aged woman in car
- Ryosuke Ohtani
- Daikichi Sugawara
- Kenichi Yajima
- Kosuke Suzuki
- Daisuke Honda
- Umi Yamano
- Hajime Inoue
- Sogen Tanaka
- Tadashi Sakata
- Mie Ohta
- Mari Hayashida
- 2007 (20th) Nikkan Sports Film Awards - December, 2007
- Best Picture
- Best Director
- 2008 Elan D’or Award - February 6, 2008
- "TV Taro Award (Best Film)"
- 2007 (50th) Blue Ribbon Awards - February 12, 2008
- Best Director
- Best Actor (Ryo Kase)
- 2008 (31st) Japan Academy Prize - February 15, 2008
- "Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role" (Masako Motai)
- "Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction" (Kyoko Heya)
- "Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing" (Jun'ichi Kikuchi)