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Confessions Review


Excellent
Bravura filmmaking turns this revenge thriller into something unexpected, filling the screen with vivid characters and situations that continually challenge us as filmgoers. The result is utterly riveting, as well as wrenching and unforgettable.

On the last day of term, teacher Yuko (Matsu) tells her unruly 13-year-old students the true story of her young daughter's death: rather than an accident, she was killed by two students, underachieving Naoki and science nerd Shuya (Fujiwara and Nishii). And now Yuko has set in motion her revenge. As the next term starts, a matey new teacher (Okada) takes Yuko's place, and only one student (Hashimoto) seems haunted by Yuko's story. So she tries to get involved in the lives of both boys, whose worlds seem to be closing in on them.

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Kamikaze Girls Review


Good
An unrequited girls' love story that spins biker gangs and a love of frilly dresses into a fun romp, Kamikaze Girls creates a candy-colored Japan that's hardly more real than a dream but is excellent enough company for its brisk passage across the screen.

The baby-faced teen whose self-centered musings and obsessions make up the bulk of the film, Momoko Ryugasaki (Kyoko Fukada) lives in Shimotsura, what she thinks of as the most remote, podunk corner of Japan. It's a land of small farms and small-minded people more interested in getting a bargain than wearing interesting clothes, a fact that horrifies the fashion-obsessed Momoko to no end. She dreams of living in 18th century France, and rhapsodizes endlessly about the Rococo era, which in her gauzy imaginings seems to be a split between Dangerous Liaisons and an outré fashion spread. Thinking of clothing as an extension of personality, she's disgusted by the people in her hometown (who she imagines as being born and dying in tacky tracksuits) and is constantly working on self-improvement, thinking "When I see clothes I like, I want to become worthy of them." So there she is, walking the lonely roads in her frilly corseted dresses, demure demeanor, parasol and all, living only for her occasional trips to a haute couture shop in Tokyo, many hours away by train.

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Tetsuya Nakashima Movies

Confessions Movie Review

Confessions Movie Review

Bravura filmmaking turns this revenge thriller into something unexpected, filling the screen with vivid characters...

Kamikaze Girls Movie Review

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An unrequited girls' love story that spins biker gangs and a love of frilly dresses...

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