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25 August, 2018

『検察側の罪人』 感想 / Thoughts on Killing for the Prosecution (2018)

ツイッターで感想を書いてたらなんか長くなったので一応こっちに載せておきます。ツイッターに書き殴った文章、かつバラバラで投稿したもののためちぐはぐなので悪しからず。また、これはあくまで「私の感想」であり、「レビュー」ではない。一部追記・編集あります。

というわけで検察側の罪人を観てきた。

なかなか濃厚で色々と考えさせられるかもしれない作品だ(なお「かもしれない」というのは私自身は疑う余地もなく最上検事が正しいと思っているから) 。法律というのは体制が作るものであり正しい(=正義)とは限らないというのが私の考えだな。

ちなみに法律を盲信する連中がよく持ち出すソクラテスのアレは曲解されておりそもそもソクラテスが最初に言ったわけでもない(ウルピアヌスが先)。

大体、時効といっても場合によっては時効停止になったりするし意味不明。時効そのものを廃止すべき。

映画自体の感想
・結末は好みではなかったがこういうエンドもアリだと納得はしている (ただし時間が経てば経つほどこのエンディングで良かったと思うようになった。ブログに文章を載せる時点でこの結末で良かったと思っている)
・ラブシーンというかロマンス要素は完全に蛇足、不要、不毛
・最上と他の人で立ってる場所が違うことを示す演出はベタではあるが効果的、個人的にツボだった

邦画は個人的に微妙なのが多いが検察側の罪人は間違いなく良作だ。

あと、自分が「どうせいつも通りこうなるだろう」と想定していた結末にならなかったのも本当に良かった。

あくまで個人的な見解だが、私怨でもあるが、最上の行動は法律=体制によって定められたルールに逆らいながらも、人道にとって、自分にとっての正しき義を追求してのこと。

一方、沖野は体制に盲従し、主体性を持つことなく思考放棄し、ただ洗脳されたまま、状況・既成概念・立会事務官にただ振り回されるまま、「定められた『正しさ』」を追求しようとする。

作中にインパール作戦が何度も出てくるのは要するにそういうこと。

体制の言ったことは必ず正しいか?盲信・盲従していないか?主体性を持っているか?自分で考えているのか?と問いを投げかけているように思う。

所詮ルールなんてものは時の為政者によって定められたもの。決して普遍でも不変でもない。そもそも為政者が人間であり不完全な存在である限り、彼らによって定められたルールもまたそう。

というかよく考えたら最上検事は完全に典型的なアンチヒーローだ。しかもそれまで体制の人間として生きた人間が社会のモラリティや法律というルールといった既成概念に叛逆する葛藤もきちんと描写されている、多くのアンチヒーローが抱える「悪いことやってる俺様格好いい!」系の薄っぺらさとイタさもない。

松倉の最期に(法律では責任能力やら何やらでろくに裁けない)高齢者ドライバーが関わってるのも皮肉が込められていて最高に良かった。

あと、反戦要素を入れながら、よくある「戦争は人が苦しんだり死んだりしてとても痛いことがたくさんあるからいけないんだぁ~だからみんなで戦争に反対しようねぇ~^^」という浅くて曖昧な主張ではなく、インパール作戦という具体的な結果をもって思考放棄と体制への盲従の危険性に警鐘を鳴らしているのも良い。

さて、ここからは完全に映画とはほぼ関係ない私の私見だが

「体制」というものは基本的には「悪」だと思っている(この「体制」は何も、国レベルのものだけを指しているわけではなく、会社の部署やマンションの自治体、ゼミのグループ等も含まれている)。なぜならば体制というものは個を殺し踏みにじることで多を活かすのが本質であり、私は個人の自由と権利こそが何よりも尊いと信じているからだ。

しかし体制は「悪」といっても「必要悪」だ。自由と権利を行使するあまり他人の自由と権利を阻害する人がいるからであり、各々の人が己を律することが出来ない限り、それを外部機構である体制に任せる他ないからだ。

が、全てを体制に委ねていると、今度はそれを盲信する連中が出てくる。人のための体制だったはずなのに、連中は人は体制のためにあるべきと口説く。体制の恩恵を受けるには資格がいる、だから身を粉にして体制に奉仕しろ、と。

ここまで来ると、もっとも大事となるのは人間の主体性であり思考力だ。己を律することができない人間に作られた体制もまた己を律することは不可能だ。だから各々の個人は常に体制に疑問を抱き続けることが必要だ。体制のやってることは本当に人のためか。何が正しいか。そういう当たり前でありながら、体制下の人が当たり前として受け入れ疑問を持たないことに疑問を持つことで、体制に律される人もまた体制を律し、こうして危うくも辛うじてバランスが取られるのだ。

……とまあこのように、色々と考え、語りたくなるような、そんな作品だ。


So I watched Killing for the Prosecution/Kensatsugawa no Zainin. It touched a chord with me due to reasons and I ended up writing a load of thoughts on it on Twitter. Figured I'd put it up on the blog, and hell, might as well put it into English as well. The text below is derived from my random ramblings posted on Twitter at various different times, so it isn't meant to be read as a single piece.

The film is pretty heavy and is one that is made to make the viewer think about things in most cases - I say in most cases because I have no doubt that Mogami is completely in the right.

Many Japanese frequently bring up the phrase 悪法もまた法なり, attributed to Socrates. It's the Japanese translation of dura lex, sed lex (the law is harsh, but it is the law), but in Japanese it's rendered as what is basically "even if the law is evil, it is the law", and in the vast majority of cases of it being brought up, the person doing so is trying to say that no matter how fucked up the law is, it should be obeyed, because it is the law. Of course, not only would this be a gross misinterpretation when you consider everything else about Socrates, but it's attributed mostly to other people, not to mention how it's frequently claimed (in Japan, at least) that they were his last words and that's clearly wrong given how well documented those were.

In any case, the film seems clearly (at least to me) targeted at those people.

In the movie, while Mogami certainly is acting on a grudge, he is an independent individual who goes against the rules defined by the system and seeks to carry out what he himself truly believes is right.

Meanwhile, Mogami's young protege Okino who starts to grow suspicious of him and then starts investigating him, is shown to be blindly faithful to the law = the system, brainwashed to believe that "the rules" have to be right no matter what. He fails to think for himself, and is blindly accepting of the values and rules that society and his girlfriend push on him.

The Battle of Imphal - to be precise, the Imperial Japanese Army's Imphal Operation, said to be the most disastrous military operation in Japanese history, is frequently brought up, and there is what seems to at first glance be a dangling thread about the country being on the path back to imperialism which seems out of place. It doesn't take a large amount of thought however for one to realise that this is linked to the main theme: The importance of independent thought, the importance of questioning and doubting pre-defined values and rules, and the importance of defying said values and rules when necessary. Okino's blindly doing what society tells him to echoes the soldiers of Imperial Japan blindly charging into battle to be slaughtered at the Battle of Imphal.

This ventures into the realm of my own opinion, but I believe that because humans are flawed beings, laws and rules are, by the mere nature of them being made by humans, likewise fundamentally flawed. They are by no means universal or unchanging, and blindly following them without thought on the basis that the rules are always right is just plain stupid.

The ending seemed anti-climatic at first, but thinking about it after the fact leaves me far more satisfied with it. With this being a Japanese movie, I was afraid that it might end with Mogami regretting his actions and turning himself in or killing himself, as is typical of the countless people in Japan with a tendency for misquoting Socrates. This is not the case, and what seemed anti-climatic first is with afterthought more of a victory that showcases Okino's impotence.

I am generally not very fond of Japanese (live action) film. I find that half of it is nothing but glorified image videos for idols and "talents" (both male and female), and the remaining half is mostly loads of crock that tries too hard to be "touching", with ham-fisted garbage plots like "this poor lady is DYING OF CANCER and she DIIIIEEEES AT THE EEEEEEENDDDD BOOO HOOO FUCKING HOO". It usually feels too artificially manufactured and insincere - to a malicious extent, in some cases like the cancer lady film I just mentioned - to garner any emotional response other than disgust from me.

This is most definitely not one of those movies. It is - Even by Hollywood standards! - An absolutely fantastic film.

Some other random thoughts that didn't fit in above

-Fuck the statute of limitations, what is the fucking point of this even? It's especially ridiculous when you consider that there are plenty of cases where the police are willing to bend the rules or use loopholes to extend the deadline indefinitely. Seriously fuck it. (ALSO: Read 殺人犯はそこにいる: 隠蔽された北関東連続幼女誘拐殺人事件 because that shit is fucked up)

-The romance subplot which lasts for roughly two minutes and the sex scene felt wildly out of place and shoehorned in. I know next to nothing about show business but apparently the actor and actress in that scene are super popular and it may have literally been shoehorned in as a way to bait their fans or something?

-While not revolutionary in any way, I very much liked the way Mogami's difference in position from everyone else is portrayed visually- Early on eating in a fancy restaurant with pretentious food and people while Okino and pals drink beer in a Chinese restaurant, or skulking in a dark and empty room while Okino is in a crowded and remarkably well-lit cafeteria, that sort of thing.

-Mogami is literally just a standard anti-hero, which I'd like to say is pretty rare for serious (as in not tokusatsu or bad cosplay anime adaptation) Japanese live action.

Anyway yeah, great film. I'd go as far as to say it's Oscar material.





09 August, 2018

Recent loot (9th August 2018)















Ended up not going to Wonder Festival because of the weather and as I was feeling too tired at the time, and not going to the Denkigai Matsuri because it turns out there wasn't much for me this time.

Imosae 10 was great as usual.

Phantom Trigger is getting better but is still pretty bad compared to Kajitsu.

Minikui Mojika no Ko was terrible.

Got the Fafner Exodus and Ilya Zwei BD boxes off Amazon's Prime Day sale.

Wind River was the best movie I've seen so far this year.

Defeated Jormungand in SQX, currently going through the side dungeons.