Chaplain, The
SAKO Dai 佐向大
教誨師
Kyōkaishi

Japan
2018
114
Colour
English
subtitles

Saeki works as a prison chaplain, regularly visiting inmates on death row. He does his best to instill in them a sense of morality, but as time passes he starts to wonder if he’s doing the right thing. Impressive drama about a topic that is rarely discussed in Japanese media, featuring an astonishing lead performance by the late actor OSUGI Ren, who passed away in 2018.

Saeki werkt als kapelaan in een gevangenis en bezoekt regelmatig gevangenen in de dodencel. Hij doet zijn uiterste best om ze iets van moraliteit bij te brengen, maar hoe langer hij het werk doet, des te meer hij begint te twijfelen aan de zin ervan. Indrukwekkend drama over een onderwerp dat in de Japanse media zelden besproken wordt. De indrukwekkende hoofdrol wordt gespeeld door acteur OSUGI Ren, die in 2018 overleed.

 

 

Director’s bio & selected filmography

SAKO Dai was born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1971. After working successfully as a screenwriter, he made his directorial debut with Still Paradise (2005). His follow-up feature Running on Empty (2009) was shown at various international film festivals. The Chaplain (2018) marks his comeback as a director, after having returned to writing film scripts for some years.

2005 – Still Paradise

2009 – Running on Empty