Confessions (告白) by Tetsuya Nakashima was the Japanese movie selected as the entry for the Best Foreign Language Film of this year. The movie is based on a novel by Kanae Minato, which was one the most sold books in Japan in 2008.
I hadn’t seen the movie until my brother recommended it to me the other day. Confessions is a psychological thriller; a high school teacher turns into a cruel killer that wants to take revenge for the death of her daughter. The movie shows us many of the current social problems of the Japan of today, as for example ijime (bullying), the Japanese education system and AIDS. Even tough it is very different, some aspects of the movie reminded me of Battle Royale by Takeshi Kitano.
Very well recommended!