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I JUST DIDN'T DO IT

Japan, 2007 (MIFF 2008, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Masayuki Suo

I JUST DIDN'T DO IT

“Recalls the intensity of Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man.” - Variety

The writer-director of the original Japanese Shall We Dance?, Masayuki Suo, makes his return to feature filmmaking after an 11-year absence. Suo turns his eye for analysis on the closed world of Japan's legal system, where a man is falsely accused of molestation and plunged into a Kafka-esque world of bureaucracy, as the noose of ‘justice' tightens around him. Multiple award-winner on the Japanese and Asian festival circuit. “Normally the ideas for my films come to me as wonderful discoveries about life; things that take me by surprise, that delight and inspire. This time, what I discovered was a sense of outrage within myself.” - filmmaker Masayuki Suo

D/S Masayuki Suo P Shoji Masui, Chihiro Kameyama WS Pony Canyon Inc L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/143mins

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