Based on the best-selling novel Shokuzai by Kanae Minato, PENANCE begins with a tragic crime from fifteen years in the past: In a small town, a young elementary school girln amed Emili has been abducted and killed by a stranger. Four girls who had been playing with Emili at the time are the first to discover her body—with the abductor never being found and the crime going unsolved. Emili’s distressed mother Asako condemns the four girls, all of whom claim not to remember anything about the stranger. Crazed with grief, the mother demands each school girl to find the killer, or pay the penance. Deeply affected by Asako’s condemnation, the four girls become adults burdened with the curse of “penance,” which eventually triggers a chain of tragic events.
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