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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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Snowy Hitchcockian thriller, 8 September 2008
Author: Prof-Hieronymos-Grost from Ireland

Teiko Uhara is a dowdy young woman delighted at finally catching the man of her dreams, Kenichi, after a whirlwind romance her and her new man marry. As Kenichi has just received another big promotion in work, he is called away immediately before they can have a proper honeymoon, he promises to be back in a few days. The days pass and there is no sign of her husband returning, Teiko contacts her husbands employers, who say he has already left for home some time previously. Teiko begins to worry for her husbands safety and decides to travel north to Kanazawa to track him down.

Zero Focus is very taut thriller, that just screams of Hitchcock, the plot, the noirish visuals and even the score would all be very much at home in Hitch's repertoire. Nomura pieces together a convoluted script into a mesmerizing tale of hidden identities, murder and prostitution from which Teiko cannot escape. With only a couple of photos from her husbands belongings to go on, Teiko's investigation takes her into the snowy wastelands of the north, a slightly backward coastal area where ragged cliffs act like a magnet to those with suicidal tendencies and provide the viewer with memories of Rebecca. Its into this that quiet city girl Teiko is thrown, with these paltry clues she endeavours to unravel the tragedies of Kanazawa.

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