'Kokuhaku' is Japan's Oscar choice

Dark revenge thriller was favorite for nomination

TOKYO – Japan’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Academy Awards will be “Kokuhaku” (“Confessions”) directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, and starring Takako Matsu.
 
Nakashima’s dark tale of bullying, murder and revenge in a junior high school has received high critical praise in Japan, and was the favorite for the nomination.
 
It has been seen by nearly 3 million audience members in Japan on its way to over 3.7 billion yen ($44 million) at the boxoffice since its release in early June.
 
The film, starring Matsu as the teacher bent on revenge, has also been the subject of a number of remake offers, including at least one by a major Hollywood studio.
 
The final list of nominees will be announced in January, the month before the ceremony in Los Angeles.
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