Reviews have been mixed, given this is dark territory for Koreeda. I believe its detractors have missed the point, failing to even understand the meaning of the title. The director's humanism is very much alive here, even in the midst of deceit and despair; it's just delivered with the resignation of a condemned man. Truth is unknowable and perhaps we don't deserve to know when willing to mete out judgment on a life.
Viennale, DCP _ Not the strongest Koreeda by any means. But it starts like a thriller with all the usual codes and becomes slowly but surely a Koreeda film. The writing is nevertheless a bit confusing. Another lonely male figure who lost contact with his family, another day in Japan full of trains and food. But this almost religious take on murder and justice was made unclear to me due to too many unnecessary twists.
[More like 3.5] Not a bad movie at all, but it lacks some direction. It does have a voice, as any other movie by Kore-eda, but the clue-less title requires too much thinking for what probably aimed to be a thoughtful legal drama.
A very good courtroom procedural with a brilliantly complex performance from the always great Kōji Yakusho. Still, this is a major change of pace from Koreeda and I don't know that I'm a fan of the new style. He does familial drama best and I hope he returns to form on his next feature.