DirectorKiyoshi Sasabe Story byHideo Yokoyama CountryJapan
Release dateJanuary 10, 2004 WriterKiyoshi Sasabe, Toshiyuki Tabe, Hideo Yokoyama (story) ScreenplayKiyoshi Sasabe, Toshiyuki Tabe CastAkira Terao, Kyohei Shibata, Mieko Harada, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Mayu Tsuruta, Kirin Kiki Similar moviesAkira Terao and Mieko Harada appear in Half a Confession and After the Rain
Half a Confession(半落ち,Han'ochi) is a 2004 Japanese film directed by Kiyoshi Sasabe. It was chosen as Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony.
Respected inspecter Soichiro Kaji is imprisoned for killing his wife, Keiko, who, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, requested it. His colleagues at Tokyo Police Force discover that Kaji intended to commit suicide after killing her, but instead went away on a bullet train two days later. A suspicious item is found in his coat pocket that suggests Kaji was unfaithful. The incident makes headlines in Tokyo, where a young female reporter sets out to find the truth about the acclaimed yet intriguingly silent defendant. Soichiro Kaji has drawn the interest of many: lawyer, judge, detective, relative... Slowly they weave the tale behind it all and tentatively tread upon the question of euthanasia.
Akira Terao: Soichiro Kaji
Mieko Harada: Keiko Kaji
Kirin Kiki: Yasuko Shimamura
The film was nominated for twelve awards at the 2005 Japan Academy Prize, winning Best Film and Best Actor. It also won the award for Best Actor at the 2005 Blue Ribbon Awards.