Penance (Kurosowa, 2012): Barbican Cinema, 5pm
This celebrated Japanese TV series is part of
the East End Film Festival, which runs from June 25 to July 10. Here are the details of the full programme.
Here is the East End Film Festival introduction: Four school girls witness an abduction, but remember nothing. When Emili
turns up dead, her mother, Asako, holds the four girls responsible.15
years later, Asako revisits the four women to extract the penance she
once promised them for their inaction. Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata,
Pulse) has expertly adapted Kanae Minato’s famous novel, offering a
brilliant character drama that minutely observes how five lives are
changed by guilt and trauma and builds towards a final shocking
conclusion. Penance was originally made as a television
mini-series, but is nevertheless effortlessly cinematic and is another
triumph from one of world cinema’s true masters.
Here is the trailer.