Doing Time (Keimusho no naka) (2003)
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A series of small episodes about life in a Japanese prison. No violence or guard brutality, instead super-exacting rules, repetitive tasks and obsession about the food. Subtly funny, and quite unlike any other prison drama I've ever seen.
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/79/779079.jpg[/img][font=Comic Sans MS][size=+1][size=2]This movie is based on a manga by Kazuichi Hanawa, this is about his real life experiences when his hobby of collecting Swords & replica guns got him sent to prison for 3 years. A rare glimpse into a whole different world that is Japanese prison![/size] [/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][b]I was surprised by this film. I didn't know anything about it when I first sat down to watch it, other than it was a Japanese film that apparantly had to do with prisoners. It turns out it's nothing like you'd expect from a typical prison movie, at least not the western ones. There's not the usual rape, beatings, swearing and such. Japanese prison life is highly structured and run more like a military camp in the sense that everything is based on minute detail, nearly every aspect of a prisoners life is controlled. Tidyness, rules & repetetion are what run their lives. The things most of us take for granted, like a good meal, are all important to the prisoners. They get very excited and discuss incessantly about the upcoming New Year's dinner. A prisoner's rare treat to see a movie and given a sodapop & cookies will evoke great envy from his cellmates. When he arrives back he takes great pleasure in bragging about it.[/b][/size][/font] [b][font=Arial][size=3]The story is an interesting study on how monotonous life can make the smallest details all encompassing. Some of the scenes are humorous, like how an argument will break out between cell mates about whose pubic hair was found during their daily cell room cleanup, and how the prisoners love to gossip about the penis size of one of them & Hanawa's disappointment when he forgets to check it out during one of the prisoners bath breaks.[/size][/font][/b] [b][font=Arial][size=3]You would think this would make for a boring movie, and perhaps my description doesn't do the film justice, but surprisingly I found the film interesting. Hanawa's inner dialogue that we hear during the film is largely what makes the story insightful & meaningful. The performances are all excellent and the film is well directed by Yoichi Sai. [/size][/font][/b] [size=3][font=Arial][b]It's a very realistic protrayal since it's based on the real life experience of the manga artist [/b][size=4]Kazuichi Hanawa, who was sentenced to 3 yrs in prison in 1994 for possession of a firearm. His popular manga series Keimusho No Naka (Doing Time) is what this film is based on. [/size][/font][/size] [img]http://benippon.com/shop/i/DVD-TDBD-2035.jpg[/img]
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