Confessions of a Dog [Region 2]
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Surround ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Special Edition, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Explore Gen Takahashi's epic 3-hour exposé on the Japanese law enforcement. Takeda is an honest police officer, father and husband, but after he's promoted to detective he quickly becomes embroiled in dirty back room dealings, blackmail, and corruption that goes right to the top of the force. Meanwhile, investigator Kusama must decide whether he should shake the foundations of Japanese law enforcement with the information that has come into his possession about the police. Confessions Of A Dog won critical praise from around the globe at festival screenings. ...Confessions of a Dog ( Pochi no kokuhaku )
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He soon accepts everything he is told to do even when he knows it is morally repugnant and worse downright illegal. The control exerted over him stretches to his private life too so that what first appears as a balanced loving relationship with his pregnant wife soon fades into the background, and she becomes almost a part player.
The corruption is picked up by a `renegade investigator' as described on the cover, we would just say an investigative journalist, and he gathers volumes of evidence. All of which his `newspaper' refuses to use and eventually turn on him. This forms the other strand to the story, in that not only are the police portrayed as corrupt but worse the press are willingly complicit and as the film unfolds so is virtually everyone. Whilst a ficyional account Takahashi claims it is based on actual events.
That is why this film directed by Gen Takahashi was banned in Japan. It portrays everyone of Japans police as corrupt or about to be turned, they frame anyone that will not work with them, are involved in rape, extortion and international drug dealing, including the Korean Mafia. Whilst this sounds like a plot spoiler it really is not. At 195 minutes there is an awful lot to tell and being so long requires commitment - I had to watch in two sittings.
My copy is the region 2, limited 1000 edition which contains a collectable 35mm film cell and the bonus disc contains a `making of', an interview with Gen Takahasi and a panel discussion at Shinsedai Film Festival amongst others; so this presents as excellent value for money for the thrift minded. Presented in Japanese (some Korean and English) with English subtitles and here is a gripe, when Korean is being spoken the Japanese sub titles appear over the English making it nigh on impossible to read. Also it does feel overly long especially as the pace really slows down towards the end. Why Japan chose to ban it is of more concern, since in the West we have been happy with corruption films for many years. As a fan of foreign cinema I think this is a must see but as I said commitment is definitely required.