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The murder of Emili, a young girl, leaves the inhabitants of a small Japanese village in shock. The body of Emily is found by the four classmates with whom she was playing. The murder is never solved. Emili's mother Asako (Kyoko Koizumi) is torn by grief and puts a curse on the four girls when they claim that they don't remember the killer's face. Each of the girls, in their own way, will do their penance for their silence. Deeply struck by the words of Asako and burdened with her curse, the four girls are forced into adulthood which eventually triggers a tragic chain of events. Written by
The series was edited into two feature films (respectively 1h56 and 2h24 in length) for festival presentation and theatrical release in certain countries (such as France where Part 1 was released on May 29 and Part 2 on June 5, 2013). See more »
After watching the masterpiece 'Tokyo Sonata', I was expecting a lot from this TV series directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. After watching 'Shokuzai', I think I was maybe expecting way too much.
I had the chance to see Shokuzai in theaters here in Belgium. For that occasion, they split the series in two parts: the first three chapters (240 min) and the last two (110 min). The first three chapters ('The French Doll', 'The Bear...' and 'The PTM...') were very good. I haven't even felt the need to take a look at my watch so 'absorbed' I was by the story. If I hadn't seen the rest of it, I'd give it 9 out of 10. But in the last two chapters, Kiyoshi Kurosawa lost me, and many other people in the audience.
The last two chapters focus on Emili's murder, and even though it's the main plot of the series, it was its less interesting part.
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