Soredemo Boku wa Yattenai   
I Just Didn't Do It (International: English title)
Cast (in alphabetical order)

Ryo Kase ....  Teppei Kaneko
Masako Motai ....  Toyoko Kaneko
Asaka Seto ....  Riko Sudo, Lawyer
Misa Shimizu:Kiyoko Sada
Ken Mitsuishi:Mitsuru Sada
Hiromasa Taguchi:  
Naoto Takenaka: Tomio Aoki
Koji Yakusho ....  Masayoshi Arakawa,     
Kohji Yamamoto ....  Tatsuo Saito
Toru Masuoka ...Seiichiro Tamura
Yu Tokui...
Directed and written by
Masayuki Suo
Produced by
Chihiro Kameyama ....  executive
producer  Shoji Masui ....  producer
Original Music by
Yoshikazu Suo   
Cinematography by
Naoki Kayano   
Film Editing by
Junichi Kikuchi   
Production Design by
Kyoko Heya
Sound Department
Kiyoshi Yoneyama ....  sound
Created on July 9, 2006
                                                    Brief synopsis

Teppei Kaneko (Ryo Kase), a young part timer, on a train on his way to an IT company for an interview,
is mistaken for a molester.  He refuses to admit that he is guilty and is detained at a police station, where
he is told that if he admits his wrongdoing ,he will be released on a so called 'jidan' (for a settlement out
of court) basis; but since Teppei insists that he is innocent, his case is referred to the criminal court for a

Teppei's mother, Toyoko (Masako Motai) and his friend Mr. Saito (Koji Yamamoto) believe in his
innocence, and in due course, after a lot of hustle and bustle, they meet a young lawyer Riko Sudo
(Asaka Seto) and senior lawyer Masayoshi Arakawa (Koji Yakusho) and ask them for help窶ヲ.
Soredemo Boku wa Yattenai
Release date in Japan:
January 20, 2007
January 15
Here's the photo of Koji Yakusho and Masayuki Suo, Ryo Kase and Asaka Seto at the Hochi Movie Awards
ceremony on December 17, 2007. Koji attended the ceremony to hand Director Suo a bonquet.

January 13, 2008
Japanese movie magazine, "Kinema Jumpo" has selected "Soredemo Boku wa Yattenai"
the top Japanese movie of the year. Masayuki Suo won both Best Director Award and Best Screenplay
Award. Ryo Kase won the Best Actor Award.
The awards ceremony for the Kinema Junpo Awards will be held on February 5.  Source:

December 19
"Soredemo Boku wa Yattenai" was selected as one of the five best films for the 31st Japanese Academy
Awards. Masayuki Suo and Ryo Kase were also selected as one of the five best directors and one of the five
best actors respectively. Koji Yakusho was selected as one of the best actors, together with Ryo Kase.  Here is
the report about the 31st Japanese Academy Awards and here is the full list of the nominees.

November 28
Masayuki Suo's "Soredemo Bokuwa Yattenai" won
the Hochi Best Movie Award and Ryo Kase
earned the Best Acter Award.

September 16
"Japan has chosen Masayuki Suo's "Soredemo Boku wa Yattenai" ("I Just Didn't Do It") as its entry for
best foreign language film in next year's Academy Awards. The nominations for the category will be
announced on January 23."

I Just Didn't Do It (International: English title) will be shown at the NY Film Festival at Lincoln Center
October 9 - 10, 2007. (Thanks, ddp5373)

May 21
Variety review on  "I Just Didn't Do It". This film was shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival (market) on  
May 17.
The DVD of this film will be released from August 10, 2007. For further information, please click

Feburuay 5
On February 2
Director Masayuki Suo and Ryo Kase  talked about "Soredemo Boku wa Yattenai" at the
Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo.

January 20
"Soredemo Boku wa Yattenai" at last opened nationwide in Japan. Director Masayuki Suo, Koji Yakusho,
Ryo Kase, Asaka Seto and Masako Motai  greeted the audience from the satge at a movie theater called
Shante Shine, Ginza, Tokyo.

January 5, 2007
Yesterday I went to get a ticket fot "Soredemo  Boku wa Yattenai" in one of the movie theaters in Tokyo.  At
that time I was also given a flyer of this movie. The tickets are available at any theater ticket agency, but to
get movie flyers we have to go to movie theaters. The flyer design of this movie was different from the one
previously shown on my website. I had found the earlier  picture printed on the ticket that I purchased.  The
flyer design was the same as that of the new poster.

October 11
On October 10,
the press conference of "Soredemo Boku wa Yattenai" was held in Tokyo with following
people present: director Masayuki Suo, Koji Yakusho, Ryo Kase and Asaka Seto.
Here is
a more detailed report about the press conference.

July 13
Here is the photo of Koji Yakusho, Asaka Seto, Ryo Kase and Masayuki Suo at the time of the press
conference when this movie wrapped up.

July 9
Koji Yakusho's official website was renewed on July 4, and it says that Koji finished filming Masayuki Suo's
"Soredemo Bokuwa Yattenai" in early July.
It also says that this is the first time Koji played the role of a real lawyer: he has played the role of a pretence
lawyer twice in two TV dramas, i.e. "Kyouhu no 24-jikan" and "Aikotoba wa Yuki".
Updated on January 15, 2008
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Koji Yakusho as lawyer, Arakawa
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The Japan Times Review
(If you can't get the review,
please click
Strictly Film School Review
Variety Review