Gukoroku – Traces of Sin

by Kei Ishikawa

Synopsis

Tanaka is going through a tough time trying to support his younger sister Mitsuko, recently arrested and on hold in jail.

An investigative reporter, he immerses himself into a story about a shocking murder case gone cold. The “perfect” family – successful businessman, beautiful wife and adorable child – were brutally murdered a year ago and the case remains unsolved.

Tanaka interviews their friends and acquaintances, and as stories of their true nature unfold, he begins to discover that the family was not as ideal as believed. The interviewees themselves unveil their own hidden natures, revealing a disturbing portrait of social elitism.

Specifications

Japan – 2016 – HD – 120 min – 1:2.35 – 5.1 – Japanese

Production companies

OFFICE KITANO & BANDAI VISUAL, TV TOKYO, WARNER BROS. PICTURES JAPAN, TOHOKUSHINSHA FILM CORPORATION

Crew

Based on: Tokuro NUKUI’s novel “Gukoroku”

Screenplay: Kosuke MUKAI

DOP: Piotr NIEMYJSKI, P.S.C.

Editor: Yoshinori OTA & Kei Ishikawa

Sound Design: Yoshifumi KUREISHI

Music: Takashi OHMAMA

Producer: Makoto Kakurai

Cast

Satoshi TSUMABUKI

Hikari MITSUSHIMA

Keisuke KOIDE

Asami USUDA

Yui ICHIKAWA

Tomoya NAKAMURA

Wakana MATSUMOTO

Festivals & Awards

World premiere: 73 Venice Film Festival – Orizzonti Competition (2016)

  • Warsaw, Poland – Competition 1-2
  • Goteborg 2017 – New Voices
  • Istanbul – Young Masters
  • Hong Kong – I See It My Way
  • Golden Horse Fantastic FF – Japan cha-cha
  • Nippon Connection (Frankfurt) – Competition
  • Japan Filmfest (Hamburg)
  • Toronto Japanese FF
  • Shanghai – Panorama
  • New York Asian FF (USA)
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Kinotayo, Contemporary Japanese Film Festival, Paris- Best Cinematography Award
  • Hawaii International Film Festival

Wonderful Quotes

” Mr. Ishikawa Kei is more than a simple promise: he is already one the most interesting film director of the contemporary Japanese cinema.”

Alberto Barbera

THE TELEGRAPH

“the best urban mysteries – a kind of 21st century Tokyo noir”