Iwao Hakamada, 74 years old, is the the person who has been most time in death row in all the world, according to Amnesty International. In 1968, he was accused of killing four people. Many think everything was a police set up. Every morning, when he wakes up in his cell, in the Tokyo Detention Center, he doesn’t know if that will be his last day. In Japan, executions -668 since 1946*- just arrive within an hour after the prisoner himself is noticed. After 42 years in death row, he’s lost his mind and he only thinks in building a castle.
*That figure is good as for January 23rd 2011, when this article was published at the spanish magazine EL PAÍS SEMANAL.
Director: LUIS ALMODOVAR
Editor: ÁLVARO CORCUERA
Photography: SOFÍA MORO
Video: Á. CORCUERA & S. MORO
Translation: SHINOBU SHIBATA & NICOLE OKIMURA