To foster greater understanding of the new criminal trial system to be introduced over the next few years, the Supreme Court of Japan has produced its own 62-minute PR movie called "Hyogi" (Deliberation).
Starring Nakamura Shunsuke ("Rockers"), Kobayashi Nenji ("Twilight Samurai") and Enoki Takaaki ("Adan"), the 70,000,000 yen (roughly US$600,000) film depicts the waverings of a group of "citizen judges" (saiban-in) who must determine the outcome of an attempted murder trial.
"Hyogi" will be made available for screenings and rental from libraries and district courts around Japan from April. (source: Mainichi)
(To find out more about Japan's criminal trial system, see this Japan Times editorial and the Supreme Court of Japan homepage.)
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