Confessions (2010): Mother Seeks Revenge

Hollywood may be huge, but Asian Cinema is the place where the hidden gems are at. I finally had the chance to watch “Confessions” and it blew my mind. Honestly, it’s one of those films that will make you question things. It might even haunt you after days.

The story is pretty straightforward: a little girl dies and her mother seeks revenge. However, this is not your typical thriller. The identities of the murderers are revealed almost right away. So what’s the fun? The audience doesn’t know the motive. So, the whole story is narrated from the perspective of three people: the grieving mother and the two degenerates that killed her daughter.

Do not judge the film by its first 5 minutes. Honestly, when I first started to watch I was like — “no, no, no”… After the announcement of the her daughter’s death I was like — “yes, yes, yes”… That might sound terrible, but hey… from this point on things start to get really interesting. Soon, we learn that the degenerates that killed her daughter are two students from a particular class, which she happens to teach. Yes, that’s right. They are about the learn that they’ve messed with the wrong teacher.

The premise of the film did not shocked me. However, the motive behind the murder of the little girl really pissed me off. That’s why I called the two teenagers degenerates. Age is not a valid reason to justify cruelty. They should have known better.

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Yuko Moriguchi — The Grieving Mother

She starts as a very low-key teacher but then turns into one bad bitch. I mean it, as a compliment. Her story couldn’t be more unfortunate: her fiancé learns that he has contracted HIV which lead them to call off their wedding. Later on, her daughter Manami is a victim of a really vile crime. As you might have guessed, she went a little bit crazy after this.

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Shuya Watanabe and Naoki Shimomura — The Degenerates

Think “Dumb and Dumber” and then add a little bit of darkness into it.

Shuya is one of those people that believe being smart is the most important thing the world. In his little mind, there’s him and the creatures beneath him (rest of the world).
Naoki is a follower. He has no friends, so when he meets Shuya, it’s was like a match made in heaven. He might believe that hurting Moriguchi’s daughter was also his idea, but he’s just a puppet. He’s the type of person that will do the stupidest things, just to prove he’s not stupid.

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Mizuki Kitahara — The Bad Boy Chaser

Mizuki represents the stereotypical female character that falls for the “bad boy”. Such a cliché. I wonder when will they start to write male characters that fall for the “bad girl” — I said “fall”, not “lust”. So, what happens when you play with fire? Yes, that’s what happened to little Mizuki.

As I said before, I truly enjoyed the film. Do not feel intimidated by its slow pace, it may look like a turtle but it’s powerful like a tiger. A real roller-coaster of emotions.

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