On June 27, 1994, in the town of Matsumoto, Japan, seven people are killed and six hundred injured by an attack of the nerve gas Sarin. A short time later, the police come up with a suspect: office worker Toshio Kanbe. The media are quick to pronounce Kanbe guilty. During the spring of the next year, a similar attack occurs on a Tokyo underground train. The Matsumoto case is re-opened and Kanbe is completely rehabilitated – but his life and reputation have already been ruined. A year after the terrible event, a group of pupils decide to make a film about the press campaign. They pay a visit to the news desk of a regional broadcaster and ask the editor-in-chief, Makoto Sasano, to provide an account of the circumstances of the case… –Inbaseline
Kei Kumai (June 1, 1930 – May 23, 2007) was a Japanese film director from Azumino, Nagano prefecture. After his studies in literature at Shinshu University, he worked as director’s assistant.
Often overshadowed by the achievements of his better-known contemporaries within the Japanese film industry, such as Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, filmmaker Kei Kumai nonetheless reigned supreme in terms of raw cinematic craftsmanship. Over the course of nearly six decades, Kumai acquired and honed a reputation for creating unapologetically adult-oriented dramas that consistently explored social themes relevant to Japan. In the process, Kumai swept up a veritable pantheon of awards from the world’s top festivals, including Berlin, Montreal, Venice, and San Sebastian.
The Nagano-born Kumai joined the Nikkatsu Film Studios in the early ’50s and, over the course of six years, worked his way up through the ranks to the level of screenwriter and director. He debuted as a helmer with… read more