“What is justice?” Wrestling with this profound question, the film examines difficult issues of the justice system, such as the statute of limitations and wrongful conviction.
Takuya KIMURA stars as the ace prosecutor, Mogami. Kazunari NINOMIYA is the young prosecutor, Okino, who works under Mogami. Two of the top stars in Japan are side by side on the screen for the first time. In supporting roles are Yuriko YOSHITAKA as Saho, the public prosecutor’s assistant who supports Okino, and Yutaka MATSUSHIGE as Suwabe, a broker in the underground world. The all-star cast also includes Takehiro HIRA, Koji OHKURA, Norito YASHIMA, and Tsutomu YAMAZAKI.
Behind the camera is director Masato HARADA, whose works include “The Emperor in August” (Japan Academy Film Prize for Direction), “Kakekomi” (Nikkan Sports Film Award for Best Director), and the recent hit, “Sekigahara”, which is still fresh in the memory of many moviegoers.
The team at the top of Japanese filmmaking brings you Killing for the Prosecution, an outside-the-box suspense film.
The story revolves around two prosecutors who collide over a murder case. A murder occurs in metropolitan Tokyo—the perpetrator unknown. Assigned to the case are Mogami, the ace prosecutor at the Public Prosecutors Office, and Okino, a newcomer in the Criminal Investigation Department. Mogami sets his sights on one man among many suspects and pursues him tenaciously. The man, Matsukura, is none other than the prime suspect of another unsolved murder for which the statute of limitations has expired. Okino, who considers Mogami his mentor, tries hard in interviews to get a confession out of the suspect, but the man continues to deny involvement and maintains his innocence. Eventually, Okino begins to have doubts about Mogami’s direction. “Is Mr. Mogami setting up that suspect as the perpetrator?“
Two prosecutors confront each other over a justice of their own. What outcome awaits their battle?
- Original Story
- Shusuke Shizukui
- Masato Harada
- Masato Harada
- Takuya Kimura