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Penance (DVD) (3-Disc Deluxe Edition) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Koizumi Kyoko (Actor) | Ikewaki Chizuru (Actor) | Koike Eiko (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor)
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The murder of a child destroys the lives of five women in Penance, a television mini-series written and directed by acclaimed Japanese director Kurosawa Kiyoshi (Pulse, Tokyo Sonata). Based on the novel by Minato Kanae (Confessions), the dark, brooding mystery drama is about four women who witnessed the murder of their classmate as a young child and the lengths they would go to redeem themselves in the eyes of the murdered girl's mother. In addition to Koizumi Kyoko (Tokyo Sonata) starring as the vengeful mother, Penance also features Aoi Yu (Rurouni Kenshin), Koike Keiko (20th Century Boys), Ando Sakura (For Love's Sake), Ikewaki Chizuru (In His Charts), Kase Ryo (Outrage), Moriyama Mirai (Love Strikes) and Kagawa Teruyuki (Key of Life). In addition to a five-week run on cable network WOWOW, Penance was also screened at the Venice International Film Festival and the Pusan Film Festival.

In a small countryside town, a young girl named Emili is abducted and brutally murdered. The last people to see her alive were classmates Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuka. All four of them saw the killer's face, but were all too scared to admit so. Soon after, Emili's mother Asako (Koiuzmi Kyoko) forces the girls to either find the killer or find a way to redeem themselves in her eyes. The girls eventually become women, but none of them have forgotten their promise to Asako. In each episode, we see how each of the four women finds their own way to live up to the promise – and how they come to destroy their own lives in the process.

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Product Title: Penance (DVD) (3-Disc Deluxe Edition) (Taiwan Version) 贖罪 (三碟豪華版) (DVD) (台灣版) 赎罪 (三碟豪华版) (DVD) (台湾版) 贖罪 (3ディスク豪華版) (DVD) (台湾版) Penance (DVD) (3-Disc Deluxe Edition) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Koizumi Kyoko (Actor) | Ikewaki Chizuru (Actor) | Koike Eiko (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) | Ando Sakura (Actor) | Ito Ayumi (Actor) | Kase Ryo (Actor) | Moriyama Mirai (Actor) | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Arai Hirofumi (Actor) | Mizuhashi Kenji (Actor) | Tanaka Tetsushi (Actor) | Shimada Kyusaku (Actor) 小泉今日子 (Actor) | 池脇千鶴 (Actor) | 小池榮子 (Actor) | 蒼井優 (Actor) | 安藤櫻 (Actor) | 伊藤步 (Actor) | 加瀨亮 (Actor) | 森山未來 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 新井浩文 (Actor) | 水橋研二 (Actor) | 田中哲司 (Actor) | 嶋田久作 (Actor) 小泉今日子 (Actor) | 池脇千鹤 (Actor) | 小池荣子 (Actor) | 苍井优 (Actor) | 安藤樱 (Actor) | 伊藤步 (Actor) | 加濑亮 (Actor) | 森山未来 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 新井浩文 (Actor) | 水桥研二 (Actor) | 田中哲司 (Actor) | 嶋田久作 (Actor) 小泉今日子 (Actor) | 池脇千鶴 (Actor) | 小池栄子 (Actor) | 蒼井優 (Actor) | 安藤サクラ (Actor) | 伊藤歩 (Actor) | 加瀬亮 (Actor) | 森山未來 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 新井浩文 (Actor) | Mizuhashi Kenji (Actor) | 田中哲司 (Actor) | 嶋田久作 (Actor) Koizumi Kyoko (Actor) | Ikewaki Chizuru (Actor) | Koike Eiko (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) | Ando Sakura (Actor) | Ito Ayumi (Actor) | 카세 료 (Actor) | Moriyama Mirai (Actor) | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Arai Hirofumi (Actor) | Mizuhashi Kenji (Actor) | Tanaka Tetsushi (Actor) | Shimada Kyusaku (Actor)
Director: Kurosawa Kiyoshi 黑澤清 黑泽清 黒沢清 Kurosawa Kiyoshi
Writer: Minato Kanae 湊佳苗 凑佳苗 湊かなえ/著 Minato Kanae
Release Date: 2014-01-28
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 300 (mins)
Publisher: SKY Digi Entertainment Co.,
Other Information: 3 DVDs
Package Weight: 295 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035106488

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導演:黑澤清

  威尼斯影展、金馬影展、多倫多影展、釜山影展
  繼【告白】、【往復書簡:二十年後的作業】湊佳苗 重現人性黑暗驚世作品
  坎城國際名導 黑澤清 顫慄鉅獻

  15年前,目擊一樁同學受害的兇殺案
  15年後,她們必須逐一償還罪孽…

  「我要你們一輩子贖罪,直到我滿意為止!…」

  飄盪著泥土氣味的夏日鄉間小學操場上,英未理的最後身影消失在校舍彼端,好友們再次見到她時,已經是一具倒臥的冰冷屍體。英未理母親撕裂般的哭喊聲狠狠穿刺她們的耳膜,但沒有一人憶得起真凶的五官長相。十五年後,長大成人的她們成了妻子、教師、母親,但童年夏日的那一場悲劇仍然有如附骨之蛆,將她們推向瘋癲痴狂…。

  脫胎自小說家湊佳苗筆下,【贖罪】與其處女作改編電影【告白】宛如一胎雙生的姊妹之作,同樣採短篇連作結構、同樣把玩悲劇與罪惡感、同樣不停切換主觀敘事視點,步步逼近不忍卒睹的殘酷真相。藉恐怖片宗師黑澤清之手,改編為全五集的電視劇,加上豪華演出陣容,包含小泉今日子、蒼井優、小池榮子、安藤櫻、池脇千鶴、加瀨亮、森山未來等明星共同主演,在WOWOW電視台上播放後大受好評,導演黑澤清重新剪輯成電影版,獲得極高的評價,並進軍威尼斯影展放映,為日劇中少見的異例。

第一集:法蘭西娃娃
第二集:家長大會臨時會議
第三集:熊哥熊妹
第四集:十個月又十天
第五集:補償

第一集 法蘭西娃娃
  紗英(蒼井優 飾),小時候家裡有一個漂亮至極的「法蘭西娃娃」,卻在凶殺案發生前被竊了。歷經凶殺案後,她驚嚇過度,身體從此拒絕成長,害怕與人相處的她,直到遇到小學學長孝博(森山未來 飾),才漸漸打開心房,孝博完全的接受「有殘缺」的紗英。而就在紗英覺得她終於能離幸福近一點的時候,卻在新婚夜晚見到那個遺失多年的...。

第二集 家長大會臨時會議
  真紀(小池榮子 飾)是一名小學老師,一場校園傷害事件,讓她成為眾矢之的,召開了一場「家長大會臨時會議」,真紀邀請麻子(小泉今日子 飾)出席,大會上,她娓娓道來15年前的凶殺案,對自己造成的陰影,也因自責無能,從此追求絕對正義,才讓今天的事件發生。然後,她也終於對麻子坦白,當年她避之唯恐不及的秘密…。

第三集 熊哥熊妹
  晶子(安藤櫻 飾)覺得自己像一隻高壯的熊,是不可愛的女孩,所以懷有嚴重的自卑感。15年前案發當天,她穿著難得的漂亮洋裝出門,沒想到卻發生了命案,晶子因為流鼻血弄髒了洋裝,從此就認為自己是穿了不合身分的衣服,奢求本分以外的東西,才會遭到報應,於是15年後,她用了自己的方式贖罪…。

第四集 十個月又十天
  由佳(池脇千鶴 飾)因為有個身體不好的姐姐,於是從小就常被媽媽冷落,15年前凶殺案發生時,姐姐氣喘發作,媽媽完全沒有安慰受到驚嚇的由佳,只把心思放在姐姐身上。當年,她因為被分配到去警察局通知警察,從此對「警察」有著莫名的崇拜感,沒想到15年後,姐姐又嫁給了警察…。

第五集 補償
  自從英未理被殺害後已經過了15年了,對於兇手毫無線索的麻子(小泉今日子 飾)既不滿又絕望。就在此時,當時的目擊者之一,也是英未理的同學由佳(池脇千鶴 飾),在一個偶然之下認出了兇手的聲音,於是將這個線索提供給麻子。麻子終於踏上了這個尋找兇手之路,兇手到底是誰?為什麼要殺一個無辜的孩子?而當她越靠近真相,才發現真相如此的不堪…。
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Professional Review of "Penance (DVD) (3-Disc Deluxe Edition) (Taiwan Version)"

August 26, 2013

This professional review refers to Penance I (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Japanese master of quiet suspense and disquieting unease Kurosawa Kiyoshi returns with Penance an adaptation of the 2009 novel Shokuzai by Confessions author Minato Kanae. Though it similarly deals with the murder of a child, the five-part television series is a very different affair, focusing more on the effects of the crime on those involved, primarily the mother and a group of witnesses. Having premiered on television in early 2012, the series was then shown in Japanese cinemas in a complete five hour feature version, and has since been screened at a variety of international festivals including Busan and Venice, to considerable acclaim.

The film starts off in a small Japanese town with the killing of a young schoolgirl called Emili, who is snatched by a stranger while four of her friends look on and do nothing. After the girls fail to aid the police, Emili's mother Asako (Koizumi Kyoko, also in the director's masterful Tokyo Sonata) tells them that she will never forget or forgive their transgression until either they have either tracked down the murderer or paid a penance that she approves.

Skip forward 15 years, and the four girls are now damaged young women with serious issues, an episode being dedicated to each of their troubled lives, beginning with "French Doll" in which the beautiful though cold Sae (Aoi Yu, Rurouni Kenshin) attracts the attention of an odd suitor (Moriyama Mirai, Love Strikes) with a link to her past. Following this, overly strict schoolteacher Maki (Koike Keiko, 20th Century Boys) discovers her violent side while confronting an attacker in "Emergency PTA Meeting" and the disturbed Akiko (Ando Sakura, For Love's Sake) retreats into her own bizarre world in "Brother and Sister Bear," Asako turning up to visit the women and remind them of their promise. The fourth girl, the amoral and calculating Yuka (Ikewaki Chizuru, In His Charts) manages to turn the tables on Asako while chasing after her sister's policeman husband, setting up the final chapter "Atonement" in which the full scale of the grim tragedy that has destroyed so many lives is revealed.

Whether working in the horror genre or not, no one does ominous dread quite like Kurosawa Kiyoshi, and Penance is a tense and gripping affair throughout. Despite the five hour running time, the series (which has been released on two DVDs in Hong Kong) never feels too long, and is surprisingly easy to get through in one sitting ?and indeed arguably performs better this way. As a mystery it works very well, precisely due to Kurosawa underplaying the central question as to who the murderer is, focusing instead on the psychological damage suffered by the four girls and the ways in which their lives have been shaped and destroyed by the incident. As such, the first four parts are actually better than the more predictable and straightforward final wrap up, ranging from profoundly creepy chills through to moments of surrealism and off-kilter laughter. Each episode dealing with a different take on penance and redemption, the overall effect is a thoughtful and grim meditation on passive/aggressive revenge, covering some very grim territory indeed and exploring the dark shadow of modern Japanese society. Though there are inevitably some similarities with Confessions primarily in terms of basic setup, Penance takes a very different path and tone, and while neither offer easy answers, its final notes are perhaps even bleaker.

Kurosawa is a meticulous director with a fantastic eye for finding menace and suspense in seemingly dull, everyday life situations, and his detached yet voyeuristic camera gives each of the episodes a sinister look and feel. Though quiet and devoid of either scares or blood, the series manages to shock and disturb, partly through the inherent direness of the situation, and partly through some excellent character development. While, quite deliberately, the viewer is never made to particularly like or care for any of the four girls, all are richly detailed and fascinating figures, making their fates and self-destruction truly absorbing to watch, bolstered by excellent performances by the female cast. Knowing that things are unlikely to work out well for any of them and meditating on whether or not they deserve their so-called penances or indeed whether they are to blame themselves adds another dimension. With Kurosawa offering no judgements, the viewer to an extent is left to draw their own conclusions as to blame, leading to an overall air of hopelessness and moral confusion.

Penance certainly isn't a fun or easy proposition, though it's an incredibly accomplished and riveting watch, whether approached as a television series or five hour feature. Kurosawa Kiyoshi is unquestionably one of the most talented and unique directors working in Japan at the moment, and the film is another fine addition to his already very impressive CV.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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