Twisted Justice 日本で一番悪い奴ら (2016) Kazuya Shiraishi

I recently landed a role as contributor to V-Cinema and I have reviewed a number of films for the website. I have been something of a fan and enjoyed listening to their podcasts when they have covered Japanese cinema so I’m pretty excited to be a part of the team and helping to highlight Japanese cinema. Writing reviews is something I enjoy doing and I hope people enjoy reading my reviews!

Here’s a snippet of my review of the film Twisted Justice (2016) which plays at the New York Asian Film Festival. You can find more images plus a trailer and a link to the full review further down the post.

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日本で一番悪い奴ら Nihon de Ichiban Warui Yatsura 

Running Time: 135 mins.

Release Date: June 25th, 2016

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi

Writer: Junya Ikegami (Screenplay), Yoshiaki Inaba (Original Non-fiction Novel)

Starring:  Gou Ayano, Shido Nakamura, Young Dais, Pierre Taki, Haruna Yabuki, Munetaka Aoki,

Website   IMDB

The opening film for the New York Asian Film Festival has two titles: Twisted Justice is the international one while the Japanese title literally translates as The Worst Bad Guys in Japan. Both are apt as we witness the career of a seriously corrupt and seriously dim cop that spans 26 years and covers many crime trends which the central protagonist struggles to exploit.

Twisted Justice is based on the 2011 non-fiction novel Hajisarashi Hotsukaidoukei Akutoku Keiji no Kokuhaku by Yoshiaki Inaba, a former detective who blew the whistle on criminal wrong-doing sanctioned by his own bosses.

This is the latest film from Kazuya Shiraishi who last made The Devil’s Path (2013) and it has a similar style of storytelling.

You can find the full review over at V-Cinema.

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