Forgiven Children

The setting is a rural town. Junior high freshman, KIRA ICHIKAWA, is the leader of a street gang. He bullies his classmate, ITSUKI KURAMOCHI, constantly. One day, Kira makes a wrong move that results in Itsuki’s death. Kira confesses his crime to the police, but his mother, MARI, who believes in her son’s innocence, persuades him to claim his innocence, which he does. As a result, the juvenile court judge delivers the verdict, “impose no disposition,” which is equivalent to “not guilty.” Kira is let off the hook, but the verdict comes under fire and sparks an uproar from society.
Meanwhile, Itsuki’s parents decide to file a civil lawsuit, determined to punish Kira and his gang for their heinous crime. When children are forgiven for the crime they committed, how will they face their actions and live their lives? How will adults face the children that have been forgiven?

  • Eisuke Naito
    Director
    Liverleaf , Litchi Hikari Club , Puzzle , and more
  • Eisuke Naito
    Writer
    Liverleaf , Litchi Hikari Club , Puzzle ,and more
  • Tetsuo Yamagata
    Writer
  • Kimiaki Tasaka
    Producer
    Liverleaf , Shino Can't Say Her Name , Love Disease , and more
  • Yu Uemura
    Key Cast
    "Kira Ichikawa"
  • Yoshi Kuroiwa
    Key Cast
    "Mari Ichikawa"
  • Yukino Nagura
    Key Cast
    "Momoko Sakurai"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    許された子どもたち
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    45,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Japan
  • Country of Filming:
    Japan
  • Language:
    Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.90:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 21th Jeonju International Film Festival

    Korea, Republic of
    May 28, 2020
    International Premiere
  • 20th Nippon Connection

    ドイツ
    June 9, 2020
    European Premiere
  • 19th New York Asian Film Festival

    アメリカ
    August 10, 2020
    North American premiere
Distribution Information
  • L'espace Vision
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Eisuke Naito

Born in 1982 in Japan.
He graduated from the fiction course at The Film School of Tokyo. While working as a teacher at a special support school, he made independent movies. His short film, The Prince of Milk (2008), was invited to many international film festivals. His controversial movie, Let’s Make the Teacher Have a Miscarriage Club (2012), premiered at the Kanazawa Film Festival and was released nationwide in Japan in 2012. He directed Puzzle (2014), Litchi Hikari Club (2016) , and Liverleaf (2018).

The Prince of Milk(08)
 Slamdance Film Festival 2009
LET'S MAKE THE TEACHER HAVE A MISCARRIAGE CLUB(12)
THE CRONE(13)
PUZZLE(14)
LITCHI HIKARI CLUB(16)
DOROME GIRL’S SIDE / BOY’S SIDE(16)
KIDAN-PIECE OF DARKNESS-(16)
LIVERLEAF(18)
 19th Jeonju International Film Festival
 17th New York Asian Film Festival , Special Mention
 17th Asian Film Festival of Dallas , Special Jury Prize
 54th Chicago International Film Festival        
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Director Statement

"What if your child kills a person?"
This is the question I asked the people who attended the audition. Many responded confusedly. I guess they imagine their children becoming "victims" but not "perpetrators".You may feel anxious about your child being bullied when you see an incident about bullying, recall the experience of being bullied in the past, and many will take the victim's point of view.However, because bullying is caused by a large number of individuals, their children are more likely to be "perpetrators". Or you may have bullied someone before, even if you didn't recognize it as bullying. Everyone has perpetrators. You worry about becoming a "victim", while avoiding the possibility of becoming a "perpetrator."
This movie depicts such a contradiction.