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The Castle of Sand (1974)
"Suna no utsuwa" (original title)

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Tetsurô Tanba ...
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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Doesn't get the attention it deserves
8 December 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw "The Castle of Sand" at a Japanese Film Festival this year in Sydney, and I must say that I'm surprised that this movie isn't better known as it's so beautifully made and incredibly moving...It's one of those near-perfect gems that are few and far between. It's a fairly long movie at nearly 2.5 hours, but the movie is one that draws you in very quickly and keeps you wondering up until the very end.

The plot centres around the mysterious murder of Miki, a retired policeman in his 60's who was well-liked by pretty much everyone who knew him for his kindness and integrity. Two detectives, one a rookie and one fairly older, are assigned to the case and what at first seems like three unrelated stories slowly weave together to reveal the reasons and the person behind Miki's death. Even if you're not a fan of foreign movies, "The Castle of Sand" is still definitely worth a watch.


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