2019• Documentary •1h12
When conviction is guaranteed, justice is lost. On the 30th of June, 1966, in a small country-side town in Japan, four members of the Hashimoto family are stabbed and burnt to death in their family home. The savagery of the crime shakes the country and shortly after, 30-year-old retired boxer Iwao Hakamada is arrested, convicted and sentenced to death. Hakamada, a new documentary, tells the heart-rending tale of a death row convict kept in solitary confinement for more than half-a-century before being granted a retrial in 2014.
Director: Louis Dai
Languages: Japanese, English
« The story of Hakamada is indeed extraordinary. Yet, while Dai's bold, intense documentary introduces you to one of Japan's most groundbreaking cases, it ultimately does something to elucidate the wider social and political contexts of prison and justice reform and the existence of the death penalty. » - Bangkok Post