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The Gentle 12

jury deliberation

The Gentle 12

Release Date: December 14, 1991

Year    :   1991
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Comedy, Drama
Production Companies    :   New Century Producers, Suntory Co., Ltd., Nippon Television Network Corporation
Director    :   Shun Nakahara
Producers    :   Yutaka Okada
Writers    :   Koki Mitani, Koki Mitani
RunTime    :   118 mins.

Shun Nakahara directs this comic take on Sidney Lumet's 1957 classic Twelve Angry Men. Just as in that earlier work, this film takes place in a jury room and takes place in real time. The film opens as the jury is about to acquit the defendant -- a bar hostess who pushed her ex-husband path of an oncoming truck, supposedly in self-defense. Just as everyone seems to be in agreement over the woman's innocence, one bespectacled juror (Kazuyuki Aijima) -- no one is given names in this film -- voices second thoughts. Slowly, like an inversion of Henry Fonda's character in the earlier film, he sets about convincing his fellow jurors -- a group of nice folks who don't like thinking ill of people -- that the defendant is in fact a cold-blooded killer.

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