Thursday, June 25, 2015

Solomon's Perjury Part 1: Suspicion
Releases July 5th, 2015 (North American Premiere at NYAFF)
2 hr 1 min
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Not Rated


Director: Izuru Narushima
Writer: Miyuki Miyabe (based on the novel by)

Ryôko Fujino as (Young) Ryoko Fujino
Anna Ishii as Juri Miyake
Miu Tomita as Matsuko Asai
Hiroya Shimizu as Shunji Ooide
Mizuki Itagaki as Kazuhiko Kanbara
Koki Maeda as Kenichi Noda
Ayumu Mochizuki as Takuya Kashiwagi
Reika Nishihata as Mariko Kurata
Jiei Wakabayashi as Yukio Sakisaka
Naritada Nishimura as Kosei Inoue
Mikio Kato as Yutaro Hashida
Arata Ishikawa as Mitsuru Iguchi
Kuranosuke Sasaki as Tsuyoshi Fujino
Yui Natsukawa as Kuniko Fujino
Hiromi Nagasaku as Mirai Miyake
Haru Kuroki as Emiko Moriuchi
Fumiyo Kohinata as Masao Tsuzaki
Machiko Ono as (Adult) Ryôko Fujino

Review by The Secret Screener

If you are a fan of dramatic, suspense, or thriller films, this hits all three out of the park for you. The story starts with a woman returning to her junior high school to be a teacher 23 years after she left the school. During her interview she is asked what happened back then and then you see how treacherous and ruthless school kids can be. To say this was good is an understatement on how amazing this film was.  There was drama, deception, pain, death, and the search for the truth.

The story starts off during the interview to a flashback with a young boy being found dead by two of his classmates at their school.  From there it is accusations and cover ups by everyone from the school administration to the police that just wants to label the death as a suicide. Then letters show up at 3 addresses stating that the school bully killed him, yet a young girl, Ryoko Fujino (Ryôko Fujino) strives to find the truth. Which leads to the second film of the series, "SOLOMON’S PERJURY PART 2: JUDGEMENT" where the trial they are trying to have is finally shown. 

There was heart break, death, and so much emotional drama to make you feel for the characters. The story is based on the trilogy of books by Miyuki Miyabe. It was amazing in my humble opinion and looks to be even better in the sequel. If you are a fan of any of the genres I listed earlier make it a must see. Go to festival and watch this film, you won't regret it.

Out of 5 stars I give this 4. Great adaption of the novels and cinematically amazing. Worth the time to watch it. 


The Secret Screener

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