Director Tetsuya Nakashima’s Confessions (Kokuhaku) has been selected as Japan’s official entry for the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.
Director Tetsuya Nakashima’s Confessions (Kokuhaku) has been selected as Japan’s official entry for the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards, the motion picture producers association of Japan (Eiren) has announced.
Confessions was released on June 5 on 266 screen, earning $45.1m (Y3.79b) so far. Its run also boasted four weeks in the number one position, with unprecedented week-on-week increases in per screen averages during the first month. It remains in release on 35 screens in the territory.
Based on Kanae Minato’s eponymous best-selling novel, Confessions stars Takako Matsu as a junior high school teacher who plots a disturbing revenge on two of her students after they murder her young daughter.
The dark drama’s social commentary and striking visual style struck a chord with audiences, making it one of the biggest domestic hits of the year for distributor Toho, who also headed up development and production on the film. Remake rumours have also surfaced.
Confessions had its international premiere at the New York Asian film festival this July and is also screening at the in-progress Toronto film festival.