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19 March 1961 (Japan) See more »
Teiko's new husband disappears on a business trip. She discovers a pair of mysterious postcards hidden away in a book that may be clues to his fate. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Yoshitarô Nomura 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shinobu Hashimoto 
Seichô Matsumoto  novel
Yôji Yamada 

Produced by
Ichinosuke Hozumi .... producer
Shigeru Wakatsuki .... planner
Original Music by
Yasushi Akutagawa 
Cinematography by
Takashi Kawamata 
Film Editing by
Yoshiyasu Hamamura 
Art Direction by
Kôji Uno 
Set Decoration by
Hachirô Sôda 
Costume Design by
Yûji Nagashima 
Production Management
Hitoshi Numao .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jirô Sugioka .... assistant director
Art Department
Kintarô Yamamoto .... set designer
Sound Department
Shûzô Horikawa .... sound mixer
Hideo Kobayashi .... sound recordist
Shûjûrô Kurita .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Sahei Sakamaki .... camera operator
Isamu Satô .... gaffer
Toshifumi Takahashi .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Zero Focus" - USA (DVD title)
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Japan:95 min
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Crew or equipment visible: Reflected in the car windows when Mrs. Matsura drives away near the end.See more »


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4 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Well photographed monotony, 16 March 2008
Author: josephbleazard from United Kingdom

This was the first film I had seen by Nomura and constituted a major disappointment. Nomura appears to belong to the static variety of Japanese directors, preferring lingering and beautiful black and white shots over the bravura editing of contemporaries such as Seijun Suzuki or early Kurosawa. This approach really does not fit the material which is a stultifyingly dull and procedural mystery story that at no point rises above the generic, or generates any palpable tension or danger.

A point of comparison would be Rebecca by Hitchcock, mostly because of its focus on coastal scenery and echoes of the past affecting a hurried marriage. But this movie lacks any of the sexual or psychological aspects that make Rebecca so interesting. Some of the dialogue and minor performances are appalling. At one point a coastguard turns to a distraught bereaved wife and advises, straightfaced, "Why don't you walk to Noto cliff, It is very beautiful and a common spot to commit suicide." How did that ever get beyond the editing suite? Even the final exposition is ridiculously forced and overlong that I was tempted to fast forward to the end of the ending. One to miss

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