It's been four long years since director Kiyoshi Kurosawa last graced cinema screens but it's not like he's spent the time doing nothing. Earlier this year Kurosawa's latest work turned up on Japanese television, a miniseries titled simply Penance. And with the Toronto International Film Festival soon to screen the entire four and a half hour affair we've tracked down a pair of trailers for the show. The festival describes it like this:
Fifteen years ago, tragedy struck a small town when a young elementary
school girl Emili (Hazuki Kimura) was abducted and killed by a stranger.
Four girls who had been playing with Emili at the time were the first
to discover her body. The abductor is never found and the crime goes
unsolved. Crazed with grief, Emili's mother Asako (Kyoko Koizumi)
condemns the four girls, none of whom can remember the abductor's face.
She tells them, "Do whatever you have to do to find the killer.
Otherwise, you can pay a penance that I approve." Deeply affected by
Asako's condemnation, the four girls become adults burdened with the
curse of "penance," which eventually triggers a chain of tragic events.