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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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Thoroughly Enjoyable
25 October 2006 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie for the first time last night at the Japanese Film Festival held in Melbourne. It was a re-mastered print and on the huge screen it was magnificent. The flashback scenes with the father and son set to the stunning musical score seemed like a completely different movie to what had preceded. But to me, final scenes are important - a skillful movie ending turns a good film into a great film. A bad ending turns an average to good film into a piece of rubbish. As far as Castle of Sand is concerned, what started out as an interesting detective story ended as a sweeping piece which left me walking out of the cinema thinking "That was incredible!!".

Japanese cinema rarely fails to impress me. I keep discovering more and more gems, usually from years gone by when I was too young to experience them at the time.


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