Sungwoong KIM 金聖雄
Nippon Docs ¾
Shoji SAKURAI was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 29 years in prison, where he wrote poems, songs, letters, and diaries to stay sane. Since his release on parole in 1996, he has been fighting for his own acquittal, as well as for others who have been innocently convicted. Director Sungwoong KIM’s documentary portrays his unwavering joy of life, his poetry, and music.
Fri., June 09, 2023, 19:30
European premiere in presence of the director Sungwoong KIM
Original with English subtitles
NOT approved for persons under 18 years
Documentary Music Politics
Ore no kinenbi
About Sungwoong KIM
Sungwoong KIM was born in Osaka in 1963. After graduating from university, he worked in human resources and subsequently moved to Tokyo, as launching his own business remained unsuccessful. In 1993, after gaining experience as an assistant photographer and assistant director, he started working as a freelance director, producing a variety of PR films, documentaries, and TV programs. He has won several accolades since then, including the Mainichi Film Award for Best Documentary Film for SAYAMA: UNTIL THE INVISIBLE HANDCUFFS ARE REMOVED in 2013 and Best Film for MY ANNIVERSARIES (2022 / NC ’23) at the ZA-KOENJI Documentary Festival in 2022.