7.5/10
88
1 user

D-Zaka no satsujin jiken (1998)

Detective Kogoro Akechi is faced with a peculiar murder case involving forgeries of classic pornographic artworks.

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Aoi haru (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A group of a run-down Tokyo high school students face the struggles of growing up, growing apart from their friends and worrying about their future, while living in a highly violent environment.

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Hirofumi Arai, Sôsuke Takaoka
Rakuyôju (1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Haru, an aging scriptwriter, has isolated himself somewhere in the woods of Nagano to work on his first novel. As the last surviving member of his kin, he intends to chronicle the family he grew up in.

Director: Kaneto Shindô
Stars: Keiju Kobayashi, Nobuko Otowa, Ichirô Zaitsu
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife.

Director: Yôji Yamada
Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Gô Katô
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, putting him into conflict with his treacherous wife, with a mysterious woman eager for death and with the phantom-like hit-man known only as Number One.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Jô Shishido, Kôji Nanbara, Isao Tamagawa
Tokyo Fist (1995)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Suspecting that his childhood friend, a professional boxer, is having an affair with his fiancee, a businessman starts training rigorously himself in order to take him down.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Kaori Fujii, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Kôji Tsukamoto
Blind Beast (1969)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A blind sculpter and his mother kidnap a young model.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura
Stars: Eiji Funakoshi, Mako Midori, Noriko Sengoku
Kawaita hana (1964)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Mariko Kaga, Takashi Fujiki
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama
Bokusâ (1977)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young boxer accidentally kills an ex-boxing champion's brother. He then approaches the ex-champ to train him to become the next champion.

Director: Shûji Terayama
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Kentarô Shimizu, Masumi Harukawa
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Conflicts between Hirono's family and Yamamori's family (and their allies) are made more tense by the ambitious underlings and the police's efforts to impose a crackdown on the gangs.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Tatsuo Umemiya
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyôko Kagawa
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Kyûsaku Shimada ...
Yumi Yoshiyuki
...
Mayumi Hanazaki
Ittoku Kishibe
Hitomi Miwa ...
Yoshio Kobayashi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chisako Hara ...
Mitsu Tsuchiya
Masami Horiuchi
Naomasa Musaka ...
Kinya Suzuki
Shinichirô Okano ...
Toshimitsu Ando
Sosuke Saito ...
Isamu Saito
Minori Terada
Eishin Tôno ...
Kunio Sorimachi
Edit

Storyline

Detective Kogoro Akechi is faced with a peculiar murder case involving forgeries of classic pornographic artworks.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Mystery

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 May 1998 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Murder on D Street  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The D-Slope Murder Case (1998)
22 November 2015 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Edogawa Rampo was a peculiar Japanese writer whose works were heavily influenced by Edgar Allan Poe (in fact, the pseudonym Edogawa Rampo is just the Japanese pronunciation of Poe's name). His stories often dealt with macabre thematics, dark twists and sexual perversions. In other words, they seem perfectly adaptable to film, and indeed they were brought to the big screen, several times. One of those efforts is Akio Jissoji's 1998 film The D-Slope Murder Case, also known under the title Murder on D-Street, based on Rampo's novel.

The film follows detective Kogoro Akechi, the famous character from Rampo's book series (basically the Japanese Sherlock Holmes) solving a strange murder case revolving around bondage artwork and art forgery. As you might expect from a Jissoji film, there's plenty of sadomasochism and creative camera angles. The mystery itself isn't really a mystery because we already know who the murderer is, so the main question is his motivation (the explanation for this is pretty wild). The actual investigation is really short and almost an afterthought (those psychological tests were the bomb back in the day I guess).

The film has that lovely eerie Poe-ish atmosphere, boosted by a dissonant soundtrack, dark locations and interesting choices in direction. For example, the budget was too small to recreate the big towns from the 20s so the city scenes (transitions, mainly), show a small model of the city with little figurines that are supposed to be the passersbies, which is pretty ingenious. I also like the scenes which show the process behind creating a drawing; they're just so sensual and mesmerizing. The bondage scenes are to be expected from Jissoji, but they fit this movie better than they fit his earlier film Utamaro's World. Here, they do add to the dark atmosphere.

By the way, that poster kicks some serious ass.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?