Saturday, June 27, 2015


Solomon's Perjury Part 2: Judgement
Releases North American Premiere July 10, 2015 (New York Asian Film Festival 2015)
 2 hr 29 min

Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

Trailer:


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

Cast:
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
Haru Kuroki as Emiko Moriuchi
Tomoko Tabata as Reiko Sasaki
Nobue Iketani as Toshie Azai
Muga Tsukaji as Yohei Tsukaji
Sotaro Tanaka as Etsuo Mogi
Miwako Ichikawa as Minae Kakiuchi
Tamae Ando as Takagi
Houka Kinoshita as Kusuyama
Yutaka Matsushige as Kitao 

Machiko Ono as (Adult) Ryôko Fujino

Review by The Secret Screener

 If you love dramas, thrillers, suspenseful films give this film a watch. It has beautiful cinematography, and not so great pacing.  For those of you that haven't seen the first film "Solomon's Perjury Part 1: Suspicion" don't worry. The sequel gives you a recap of the events in the first film to get you up to speed prior to the second film starting. 


The students after all the turmoil and chaos from another student's death (Takuya 
Kashiwagi played by Ayumu Mochizuki) decide to hold a mock trial run by the students to determine who if anyone killed Kashiwagi or if like the authorities and school administration said, was a suicide. To much of a chagrin of school administrators, Ryoko is determined to get the truth. Obviously the school administrators are totally against it but due to a mistake by one of the administrators are forced to let her have it. 


The film then goes from the thriller/ suspense film the last one was to a court room drama yet set in a junior high school gymnasium. Like the last film a great drama that will have you regretting you haven't got in to asian cinema sooner. I know it did for me. 

Having gushed over the last film prior and this one have one major gripe: TOO MANY PREGNANT PAUSES! For example, When a scene is over in most american films it would automatically go to the  next scene. This film would linger after the last word of dialogue was spoken in the scene for about a minute, Yet to me at times felt like an eternity.  



It's a great film, yet kinda felt like a let down from the film prior. To me the sequel lacked something the first film had. If you are going to see the first film be forewarned it's not as great as the first one. 


Rating: 

The Secret Screener

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