Confessions is an excellent piece of cinema, playing on the mind as only Asian cinema can. With an outstanding cast and carefully chosen cinematography, this film keeps you gripped without the need for dramatic scenes or gory shock tactics.
Confessions follows the perspective of 4 of the key characters, the teacher and her students. As the plot unfolds the viewer is taken back and forth in time, but not so much the story becomes difficult to follow. Though the conclusion isn't too surprising, the journey is worth the ending as it takes the time to explore the characters and what has led them to their actions.
It is a long film, and perhaps there are one too many slow motion scenes, but the lighting is effective and music is used to it's full extent in adapting mood. There are moments of gore but they do not dominate. There is certainly a Battle Royale theme to this film, of a teachers revenge on unruly students, but this film is much calmer and darker, making the evil actions of a few enough to warrant revenge.