A Balance

Directed by Yujiro Harumoto
Toei Company Ltd.
2020
153 Minutes
Japan
Japanese
Drama, Asian
Not Rated
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Documentary director Yuko portrays a school violence incident from three years ago that resulted in suicides, while she was teaching classes at her father’s cram school. As her documentary project progresses, Yuko discovers a hidden truth and becomes deeply involved in the lives of the families pained by that secret.

  • Highest Rating
    "In its honesty about the real-life pitfalls of finding and telling the truth, A Balance is a rare and brave achievement."
    Mark Schilling, Japan Times
  • Highest Rating
    "This is a bracingly unsentimental picture which asks knotty questions about the relationship between the media and the subjects at which it points its cameras."
    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "A powerful look at press and public opinion."
    Nathaniel Muir, AIPT Comics
  • Highest Rating
    "Yujiro Harumoto directs a film that works on a number of levels, all of which are analyzed thoroughly and artfully, and eventually interconnect in the most impressive way, through a truly shocking story that manages to retain interest for the whole of the 153 minutes of the story."
    Panos Kotzathanasis, Asian Movie Pulse
  • Highest Rating
    "This is a fine, worthwhile film led by an extraordinary leading lady, Kawai, and is highly recommended."
    Neely Swanson, Easy Reader
  • Highest Rating
    "Forges an interesting conversation about cultural shaming and the often negative byproduct of honesty in cultures which view shame and expulsion as something of an integral part of creating better communities."
    Brianna Zigler, Paste Magazine
  • Highest Rating
    "[K]notty and suspenseful...."
    Austin Considine, The New York Times

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