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— by Maggie Lee: “Prison is the only place that won’t kick you out no matter how badly you behave,” remarks the ex-con protagonist, who gets no second chances in Japanese society. Directed with piercing insight, emotional depth and true compassion by Miwa Nishikawa, “Under the Open Skies” tells the heartbreaking tale of a pariah whose soul is crushed by systemic discrimination and a world of hypocritical conformity. Ignited by the consummate performance of Koji Yakusho, this masterful human drama will weigh like a boulder on viewers’ consciences while likely collecting awards at home and abroad…

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