– 4 out of 5 stars
Kokuhaku (Confessions) is a chilling adaptation of the novel by Minato Kanae. Takako Matsu stars as Yuko Moriguchi, a junior high teacher who announces her resignation after revealing that her four-year-old daughter was murdered by two students in her class. She adds that she injected HIV-positive blood into the milk cartons of these two students. What follows is the aftermath of her confessions, as well as those of the two student-murderers, the mother of one of the latter and a fellow classmate.
I didn’t expect there to be so much blood. Sure, the murder of a four-year-old might be gruesome, but wait till you see what goes on in the minds of these kids. But their obsession with murder and death seems to stem from the lack of parental love, friendship and companionship, which are simple pleasures that a kid yearns. The ending involves possibly the worst form of revenge that one suffers – one that lasts a lifetime.