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Flashbacks to a haunting past - The Journalist (2019)

‘The Journalist’ / ‘Shimbun kisha’ 新聞記者 is a 2019 drama movie focusing on the struggles of exposing political cover-ups in Japanese media, directed by Michihito Fujii. Erika Yoshioka (Shim Eun-kyung) is a reporter for a less popular newspaper. They receive leaked information that the government is funding the construction of a university that will be used for research on biochemical weapons, and Erika is interested in covering the story.

 

However, Kanzaki (Kazuya Takahashi), the primary person in charge of the suspicious university construction commits suicide before Erika could further investigate. At his funeral, his wife and daughter are swarmed by the media trying to interview them on Kanzaki’s suicide. Erika is at the scene, hoping to pay her respects and get a scoop, however, when she hears the reporters’ questions, she suddenly remembers her own past. Erika’s father, who was also a journalist, committed suicide after publishing the truth about an old incident and couldn’t bear the weight of his actions. She defends Kanzaki’s daughter and wife from the media.

 

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