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‘Shokuzai (Penance)’

by Mark Schilling

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Language: Japanese (subtitled in English)

YesAsia has started selling an English-subbed Hong Kong version of “Shokuzai (Penance),” Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s five-part chiller about a mother (Kyoko Koizumi) who yearns for karmic retribution against the classmates of her dead daughter, who saw her murderer but failed to ID him to police. First broadcast on the Wowow pay channel and later screened in a shortened theatrical version at festivals around the world, the series marks a return to creepy form for this master of J-horror.