A 15-year-old middle school girl is picked up at school by the police when her elder 18-year-old brother is arrested on suspicion of randomly murdering two grade school girls. She is put under the protection of a dedicated yet conflicted police detective who has orders to shield the girl from the inevitable public outrage that is to follow. Through these two protagonists’ eyes, we get a glimpse into the vulnerability, the isolation and even the resilience of the individual when up against a volatile and often intolerant world. —AsianMediaWiki
Director-writer Ryoichi Kimizuka began his career in the TV industry with a string of successful comedy-entertainment shows and dramas, and has gone on to write and sometimes direct Japan’s top-grossing films of all time. He penned the Bayside Shakedown TV series in 1996. As a feature-length film, it became Japan’s top-grossing live-action film, a feat topped only by the $173.5 million box office tally of the sequel in 2003. Kimizuka made his directorial debut in 2005 with the fourth installment in the series, The Suspect, and in 2009, directed Nobody to Watch over Me, which won the Best Screenplay Award at the 32nd Montreal World Film Festival.