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A Journalist of Tokyo newspaper reporter named Yoshioka (Shim Eun Kyung) receives anonymous fax about a confidential construction project for a new university. Raised in the US with a Japanese father and Korean mother, she has a very personal drive in her work as a journalist and is determined to find the truth. Meanwhile, Sugihara (Tori Matsuoka), a bureaucrat at the Cabinet Information Research Office, finds himself torn. In contrast to his conviction to, “serve the people”, he is given the duty to control any type of news that may be inconvenient to the current administration. Approaching the day his beloved wife is set to give birth, he decides to pay a visit to a respected old boss, Kanzaki. A few days later, Kanzaki is found thrown from the roof of a building. The young journalist struggles to find the truth. The elite bureaucrat learns about the presence of certain darkness and is pressed to make a decision. When their lives intersect, a shocking truth comes to light. Directly piercing through current real-world problems, this is social commentary entertainment like never seen before in Japanese cinema, in ways you may not even believe.
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Japanese with English subtitles