Half a Confession

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Half a Confession
Half a Confession.jpg
DVD cover for Half a Confession (2004)
Directed by Kiyoshi Sasabe[1]
Produced by Sunao Sakagami
Written by Kiyoshi Sasabe
Toshiyuki Tabe
Starring Akira Terao
Mieko Harada
Kyohei Shibata
Music by Tamiya Terajima
Cinematography Mutsuo Naganuma
Edited by Hideaki Ohata
Distributed by Toei
Release date
  • January 10, 2004 (2004-01-10)
Running time
122 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Half a Confession (半落ち, Han'ochi?) is a 2004 Japanese film directed by Kiyoshi Sasabe. It was chosen as Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony.[2]


Respected inspecter Soichiro Kaji is imprisoned for killing his wife, Keiko, who, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, requested it. His colleagues at Tokyo Police Force discover that Kaji intended to commit suicuide after killing her, but instead went away on a bullet train two days later. A suspicious item is found in his coat pocket that suggests Kaji was unfaithful. The incident makes headlines in Tokyo, where a young female reporter sets out to find the truth about the acclaimed yet intriguingly silent defendant. Soichiro Kaji has drawn the interest of many: lawyer, judge, detective, relative... Slowly they weave the tale behind it all and tentively tread upon the question of euthanasia.



The film was nominated for twelve awards at the 2005 Japan Academy Prize, winning Best Film and Best Actor.[3] It also won the award for Best Actor at the 2005 Blue Ribbon Awards.


  1. ^ Infobox data from 半落ち (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-16.  and Han-ochi (2004) at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Awards for Han-ochi (2004)" (in Japanese). Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  3. ^ "The Japan Film Show – Victoria". Consulate-General of Japan in Vancouver. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 

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