Exclusive clip from Japanese master Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest, “PENANCE”


The director whose credits include PULSE/KAIRO and CURE has a tale of PENANCE opening Stateside in two different versions. Read on for the details and an exclusive excerpt.

Music Box Films’ Doppelgänger Releasing arm will open PENANCE this Friday, November 14 at New York City’s Cinema Village in a 270-minute version. On Tuesday, November 18, it will become available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD (iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay) in its original, five-part, 300-minute TV miniseries form. According to the official synopsis, the film begins “on a sleepy small town playground, when a mysterious stranger approaches a group of young friends, then kidnaps and brutally murders one of the girls. Wracked with grief, the victim’s unhinged mother Asako [Kyoko Koizumi] demands that the shaken survivors identify the killer or face a penance of her choosing. Growing up in the shadow of this tragic debt, each of the four girls cultivates a warped survival mechanism—avoidance, desperation, fear and obsession.”

The cast also includes Yu Aoi, Eiko Koike, Sakura Ando and Chizuru Ikewaki; Kurosawa scripted from the novel (a.k.a. SHOKUZAI) by Kanae Minato, whose previous book CONFESSIONS inspired Tetsuya Nakashima’s excellent (and criminally underseen in the U.S.) 2010 feature. For more on PENANCE, see its webpage.


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