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The Castle of Sand (1974)

Suna no utsuwa (original title)
Detectives investigate the murder of an old man found in a Tokyo rail yard.

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Detective Imanishi
Gô Katô ...
Eiryo Waga
Kensaku Morita ...
Detective Yoshimura
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Reiko
Karin Yamaguchi ...
Sachiko
Yoshi Katô ...
Waga's Father
Kazuhide Haruta ...
Motoura Hideo
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Kirihara
Junko Natsu ...
Akiko, hostess at Cabaret Bonuru
Seiji Matsuyama ...
Miki's Son
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Search section chief
Masumi Harukawa ...
Naka Sumie, woman at fan shop
Yoshio Inaba ...
Search chief clerk
Tokue Hanazawa ...
Miki's colleague in flashback
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Publican at Ebisu
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Detectives investigate the murder of an old man found in a Tokyo rail yard.

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A tragedy it ends so badly
7 October 2009 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

CASTLE OF SAND is an engrossing, laid-back police procedural that captures your attention even when the plot seems fairly ordinary. A Tokyo cop (Tetsuro Tamba) is troubled when a retired cop is found brutally murdered, with no evidence save the vague recollections of a few townsfolk. At times, the story is reminiscent of a regional travelogue, but in learning more about Japan, Tamba hones in on a small set of likely suspects, but everyone is so agreeable that uncovering the truth becomes like rooting out the one hidden evidence of violence in a sea of potential data.

Regrettably, the film unravels in the final forty or so minutes, when the remainder of the story is told with musical accompaniment of a famous pianist. The plot becomes frankly loses credibility and even becomes rather nonsensical. The movie changes mood and style, and dripping with melodrama.


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