"A high-school girl is kidnapped by gang lords and held captive for several months. Over this time, she repeatedly beaten, raped, and tortured. On the 25th of November 1988, four youths abducted and held Furuta Junko in the house of one of the captors. Subjected to rape, torture, and humiliation, Junko had no hope of escape as the manhunt was stalled by the captors forcing her to tell her parents that she was ok. For 41 harrowing days, Junko had to endure unimaginable suffering at the hands of these four individuals. Finally, after losing in a game of mahjong solitaire, they beat her with an iron dumbbell and set on fire with lighter fluid. She died later that day from shock. In an attempt to hide their crime they buried her in cement and thus the name ‘Concrete Encased High School Murder Case’ was born as Japan had to confront the horrors of this crime. The perpetrators disposed the drum in a tract of reclaimed land in Koto, Tokyo" - TMDB
"When you first hear about a Japanese movie that details the real-life torture, rape and murder of a schoolgirl who was killed just 15 years before it was made, one word that springs to mind is "problematic". And it turns out that Concrete is indeed problematic, just not for the reason I was expecting. For while not entirely above eroticising sexual violence, it is at least a very sober and relatively unsensational reconstruction. No, the problem is that it falls into the trap of asking the viewer to lament not the girl's loss of life, but the male ringleader's waste of potential, with the closing moments, which show him in prison, clearly framed as the real tragedy here. He's the central character, after all: a former victim of bullying who hooks up with the yakuza and becomes a professional mugger. Soon feeling as though he's above the law, he and his mates kidnap a girl, terrorising and repeatedly assaulting her for weeks until she dies. There's really nothing to enjoy here, plus the editing is sometimes a little confusing, and because of its lack of interest in the victim, it's not even as harrowing as it probably should be." - Some Dude On Letterboxd
"'Girls need hitting sometimes.'
Based on the real life murder of Junko Furuta Concrete holds nothing back. But it really really should have. An incredibly revolting and uncomfortable watch." - Some Soft Dude On Letterboxd
"yeah........this really isn't how you should be retelling a real rape/murder case" - Some Girl On Letterboxd. (She isn't wrong.)
Out of the three, this one has the highest budget and is sort of...the least offensive.