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Voice Without a Shadow (1958)

Kagenaki koe (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 22 October 1958 (Japan)
Ishikawa, a newspaper journalist, unexpectedly meets Asako, a woman who used to work for his company some time ago as a phone operator. Three years ago, she accidentally heard the voice of ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Hideaki Nitani
Yôko Minamida
Nobuo Kaneko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinsuke Ashida
Kotoe Hatsui
Taketoshi Naitô
Keisuke Noro
Toshio Takahara
Kaku Takashina
Kenjirô Uemura
Kan Yanagiya
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Ishikawa, a newspaper journalist, unexpectedly meets Asako, a woman who used to work for his company some time ago as a phone operator. Three years ago, she accidentally heard the voice of a suspect who committed a still-unresolved homicide. Since then, the suspect's voice has remained lodged in her mind as a terrifying memory. One night, her husband invites over his colleagues, Kawai, Hamazaki, and Muraoka. She realizes that Hamazaki's voice sounds exactly the same as the unseen suspect's! A few days later, Hamazaki is found dead in a rain-soaked coalfield; her husband is kept in police custody as the primary suspect. Ishikawa tries to help Asako and launches his own investigation. However, the investigation soon runs into difficulty as both Kawai and Muraoka had alibis. To make matters worse, her husband implausibly confesses Written by Nikkatsu

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Not one of my favorite Suzukis, but good
2 February 2016 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Newly released by Arrow Video, in the Nikkatsu Diamond Guys, vol. 1 set, this mystery by Suzuki was made a few years before he became the experimenter he is best known as today. Still, his talent is quite evident. The direction and cinematography are excellent throughout. I wasn't especially interested in the story of this one, though, and I grew a little bit bored. Hideaki Nitani stars as a newspaper reporter trying to unravel a convoluted murder scheme. Yoko Minamida plays a woman who was a witness - over the phone - to a murder. The main action takes place 3 years later, when that murder comes back to haunt her. Jo Shishido also co-stars.


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