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North American Premiere
Best Actor Yokohama Film Fest
Shingo (Ryo Kase, Bright Future, The Taste of Tea) is a frustrated clerk at a police station, Tetsu (Jo Odagiri) is stressed out over his mentally ill father and Saki (Chiaki Kuriyama, Kill Bill Vol. 1, The Great Yokai War) Chiaki) has an inferiority complex over her artificial eye. Together they have the misfortune to riding the same bus when a terrorist strikes. Shingo is frozen with fear as he helplessly watches Tetsu get shot and the gunman takes aim at Saki. A few months later, Shingo is back at his dead end office job with no hopes of becoming a detective. He continues to feel guilty over the bus incident, but one day, Shingo coincidentally runs into Tetsu and confesses his suppressed feelings about the shooting. Together they fantasize about revenge, talk about retaliation and how they can make a business out of it. Their scheme is simple: A client must provide ID credentials, the request for revenge cannot be revealed to the third party, there is no second chance and nobody gets hurt. They scrawl graffiti to solicit customers and their first clients include a patient after a doctor for malpractice and a kid who wants to get back at his abusive mother. As Tetsu and Shingo begin to realize that they are in danger of becoming criminals full time, Shingo starts to become addicted to the feeling of power and ominipotence. Eventually, the game goes too far and events dangerously spin out of control with disastrous results.
Scrap Heaven is the latest film by Sang-il Lee (69 Sixty Nine, Hula Girls), who is considered one of the most talented directors working in Japanese cinema today. Here, Lee expresses frustration toward modern youth and society while keeping the film thrilling and entertaining, and his eclectic cast showcases Japan's new breed of actors.
Directed by Sang-il Lee, Japan, 2005, 35mm, 117 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.