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  • Movie/TV Series: Penance
  • Romaji: Shokuzai
  • Japanese: 贖罪
  • Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Writer: Kanae Minato (novel), Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Producer: Tomomi Takashima, Yumi Arakawa, Nobuhiro Iizuka
  • Network: WOWOW
  • Episodes: 5
  • Air Date: January 8 - February 5, 2012
  • Runtime: Sundays 22:00-23:00
  • Movie Release Date: August 19, 2012
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan

Plot

15 years ago, an elementary school student named Emiri transfered from Tokyo to an elementary school in the small town of Ueda. Emiri soon became friends with Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuka. Emiri invited her friends to her house and had good time.

One day, Sae discovered that her antique doll is missing from her case. Later, the five friends talk about the recent thefts of antique dolls in their town. Sae tells her friends that her antique dolls is missing as well. While they play volleyball at school, a man picks up their volleyball and gives it back to the girls. The man then asks if someone could help him fix a ventilation opening in the gym and points towards Emiri. Emiri says yes and follows the man. The other four girls continue to play and, after awhile, notice that Emiri still hasn't returned. The girls decide to go to the gym where the man and Emiri went. When the girls get inside of the gym they find Emiri dead. The four girls cannot remember the man's face and, because of this, the man is never apprehended.

Several months later, Emiri's mother Asako (Kyoko Koizumi) invites the four girls to her house on Emiri's birthday. Asako sits in front of the four girls and tells the girls that she is sick of hearing that the girls could not remember the man's face. Asako also tells the girls that if the man is not caught the girls should make atonements for their wrongs. 15 years later, the lives of the four girls are in difficult states because of what happened in their past.

Notes

  1. Based on the novel "Shokuzai" by Kanae Minato (published June 15, 2009 by Tokyo Segensha).
  2. "Shokuzai" was first broadcast on Japan satellite broadcasting network WOWOW as a 5 episode drama series from January 8 - February 5, 2012.
  3. Tokyo theater "Euro Space" screened the complete drama series "Shokuzai" in a 5 hour movie version on August 19, 2012 in advance of the DVD release which occurred August 24, 2012.[1] The 69th Venice Film Festival then screened the movie version on August 30, 2012 under the English title of "Penance" with a total runtime of 270 minutes. The 17th Busan International Film Festival will screen "Penance" in October, 2012 with a total runtime of 300 minutes.

Cast

Shokuzai-Kyoko Koizumi.jpg Shokuzai-Yu Aoi.jpg Shokuzai-Eiko Koike.jpg Shokuzai-Sakura Ando.jpg Shokuzai-Chizuru Ikewaki.jpg
Kyoko Koizumi Yu Aoi Eiko Koike Sakura Ando Chizuru Ikewaki
Asako Adachi Sae Kikuchi Maki Shinohara Akiko Takano Yuka Ogawa
Shokuzai-Hazuki Kimura.jpg Shokuzai-Erika Omata.jpg Shokuzai-Manatsu Kimura.jpg Shokuzai-Asumi Kikuchi.jpg Shokuzai-Kyoka Shibata.jpg
Hazuki Kimura Erika Omata Manatsu Kimura Asumi Kikuchi Kyoka Shibata
Emiri (Asako's daughter) Sae Kikuchi (child) Maki Fujiwara (child) Akiko Takano (child) Yuka Ogawa (child)
Shokuzai-Mirai Moriyama.jpg Shokuzai-Seika Kuze.jpg Shokuzai-Marika Matsumoto.jpg Shokuzai-Chigusa Takaku.jpg Shokuzai-Kenji Mizuhashi.jpg
Mirai Moriyama Seika Kuze Marika Matsumoto Chigusa Takaku Kenji Mizuhashi
Takahiro Otsuki (ep.1) Sae's mother Kaori (ep.1) Teacher Teacher Tanabe (ep.2)
Shokuzai-Jyonmyon Pe.jpg Shokuzai-Narushi Ikeda.jpg Shokuzai-Ryo Kase.jpg Shokuzai-Kai Inowaki.jpg Shokuzai-Chika Uchida.jpg
Jyonmyon Pe Narushi Ikeda Ryo Kase Kai Inowaki Chika Uchida
Kazuya Sekiguchi (ep.2) Vice Principal (ep.2) Koji Takano (ep.3) Koji Takano (child) Haruhana Takano (ep.3)
Shokuzai-Nanaka Fujii.jpg Shokuzai-Taro Suwa.jpg Shokuzai-Hitomi Takahashi.jpg Shokuzai-Kyusaku Shimada.jpg Shokuzai-Ayumi Ito.jpg
Nanaka Fujii Taro Suwa Hitomi Takahashi Kyusaku Shimada Ayumi Ito
Wakaba Takano (ep.3) Akiko's father Akiko's mother Detective Yabe Mayu Murakami (ep.4)
Shokuzai-Tomoharu Hasegawa.jpg Shokuzai-Masaaki Akahori.jpg Shokuzai-Teruyuki Kagawa.jpg Shokuzai-Tetsushi Tanaka.jpg Shokuzai-Hirofumi Arai.jpg
Tomoharu Hasegawa Masaaki Akahori Teruyuki Kagawa Tetsushi Tanaka Hirofumi Arai
Keita Murakami (ep.4) Noguchi (ep.4) Hiroaki Aoki (ep.5) Toshio Adachi Detective Moriya (ep.5)

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Fabi You forgot a festival: the Festival International Film Fribourg, Switzerland in 2013. I discover this movie there. Great!

Kerry Where can I order a copy of the DVD with English sub-titles? Thanks

moe we have wowow channel due to cable. but i don't understand japanese that's why i can't watch this. i'm interested in these kind of dramas with dark content.

Nastya Guys, where can I see the trailer? I can't find it! T_T

Riisa Story sounds interesting....wanna see the trailer xD

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