Crime or Punishment?!? 罪とか罰とか (2009)

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Romaji: Tsumi Toka Batsu Toka

Japanese: 罪とか罰とか

Release Date: 28th February 2009 (Japan),

Running Time: 110 mins.

Director: Keralino Sandorovich

Writer: Keralino Sandorovich

Starring: Riko Narumi, Kento Nagayama Sakura Ando, Inuko Inuyama, Koji Ookuram Megumi Okina, Eriko Sato, Kumiko Aso, Yasunori Danta

The film starts with the quote:

“It must be some mistake, that’s the only hope” (from Franz Kafka’s The Trial)

Kafka? Don’t worry, Crime or Punishment?!? is not a grim existentialist tale but an absurd and surreal comedy.

The name of the writer-director is Keralino Sandorovich. It might sound Russian but he’s actually a Japanese comedian/theatre director. Crime or Punishment!?! is his third feature film and it carries a simple message: stop relying on others and assert yourself. The film delivers this message in an existential candy-coloured adventure which is filled with accidents, murder, bizarre coincidences and surreal incongruities.

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