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.
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,
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.