TWISTED JUSTICE: Press Notes for New Toei/Nikkatsu Crime Film
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Ever since his major film debut with THE DEVIL’S PATH (凶悪, Kyoaku, 2013) starring Takayuki Yamada, swept domestic film awards, director Kazuya Shiraishi has been receiving offers of various film projects. Shiraishi, who is from Hokkaido, has been warming his plans for making TWISTED JUSTICE (日本で一番悪い奴ら, Nihon De Ichiban Warui Yatsura), a film based on the ‘Inaba Case’, an actual case which occurred in Hokkaido in 2002, and called the biggest scandal in Japan’s police history.
Stating, “without making this film, I cannot move ahead to the next level,” Shiraishi once again brings together his team of producers from THE DEVIL’S PATH for this highly eager project. This time sees a buddy movie aspect with Go Ayano’s character teaming up with gangsters called “S” (Spy) in the movie. Shiraishi aims to make a new crime entertainment piece that tops the likes of Martin Scorsese’s GOODFELLAS (1990) and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013) or Kinji Fukasaku’s YAKUZA VS POLICE (県警対組織暴力, Kenkei Tai Soshikibouryoku, 1975).
Only June 22nd, TWISTED JUSTICE will have its world premiere as the opening film at the New York Asian Film Festival. Shiraishi and producer Yoshinori Chiba will introduce the movie, while Go Ayano will receive a Screen International Rising Star Award during the festival.
Chief investigator Moroboshi, who was squad leader at the Hokkaido Prefectural Police Department’s Community Safety Special Investigation Team, was arrested and convicted for drug and gun possession. It turned out this was not a simple crime, and the trial brought forth scandals of fake investigations and false evidence of gun possession by the Hokkaido Police Department, along with leading to the exposure of the Department’s bribery case. The case is known as the biggest scandal in Japan’s police history.
World Premiere: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (New York Asian Film Festival)
Japanese Theatrical Release: Saturday, June 25, 2016 (Roadshow)
Running Time: 135 Minutes
Morohoshi: Go Ayano
Taro Yamanobe: Young Dais
Rashido: Yukio Ueno
Yuki Tasato: Haruna Yabuki
Toshiko Hirota: Kumi Takiuchi
Detective Kenzi Kuribayashi: Munetaka Aoki
Chikara Kagaya: Takayuki Kinoshita (TKO)
Hirokazu Kuniyoshi: Takuma Otoo
Detective Sadao Murai: Pierre Taki
Katsusuke Kuroiwa: Shido Nakamura
Director: Kazuya Shiraishi
Original Story: Confessions of a Butthead North Sea Dokei Unscrupulous Criminal by Yoshiaki Inaba (Kodansha paperback)
Screenplay: Junya Ikegami
Music: Goro Yasukawa
Production: “Twisted Justice” Film Partners
Distributor: Toei, Nikkatsu
International Sales: Nikkatsu
© 2016 “Twisted Justice” Film Partners