Shokuzai

Shokuzai

Penance

DVD - 2014 | Japanese
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A mysterious stranger approaches a group of young friends, then kidnaps and brutally murders one of the girls. Wracked with grief, the victim's unhinged mother Asako demands that the shaken survivors identify the killer or face a penance of her choosing. Growing up in the shadow of this tragic debt, each of the four girls cultivates a warped survival mechanism; avoidance, desperation, fear, obsession.
Publisher: [Japan] : Music Box Films : Doppleganger Releasing, 2014
Branch Call Number: JAPANESE DVD SHOKUZA
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (300 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([20] pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm)
Language Note: In Japanese with optional English subtitles
Alternative Title: Penance

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StarGladiator
Apr 15, 2018

This miniseries may be Japan-specific. That is, those unfamiliar with Japanese culture or not avid J-movie fans may find several segments nonsensical, when they followed a Japanese cultural logic. That said, it is an excellent and entertaining miniseries with a tightly devised ending.

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jferrerosa2
Mar 08, 2017

Usually stories that are innovative take awhile to open up, but this story is told within the first 5 minutes. However, the plot is expanded by different girls all dealing with several issues. It's quite long, but I couldn't help myself watching it all in one sitting. Highly recommend, the original novel by Kanae Minato is coming out soon. I'll definitely be reading it!

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ptv023
Jun 02, 2015

A great mini-series from Japan that deals with how a tragedy suffered in youth can have long reaching consequences.

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trotter73
Dec 19, 2014

A mysterious stranger approaches a group of young friends, then kidnaps and brutally murders one of the girls. Wracked with grief, the victim's unhinged mother Asako demands that the shaken survivors identify the killer or face a penance of her choosing.

The series is split into 5 episodes dedicated to each girl 15 years after the murder.

There are some disturbing characters, but I did find it interesting as I kept watching wanting to see what happens next.

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