Review of “Prison Life: Justice in Japan” (2020)

Moving picture, 55 minutes

Seen in 2020.

Seen with Swedish-language narration.

The Japanese criminal justice system apropos of Carlos Ghosn’s decision to elevate himself above nation states.

The presentation of the system is good, including a Japanese man holding up a tankōbon to explain how the death penalty is carried out. The presentation of Ghosn’s own narrative leaves much to be desired, and the only presented motivation for the system working the way it does is the collectivist culture; there is not a word on the brutality or strong bonds of organized crime, nor on social class.

moving picture non-fiction