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The Blue Light (2003)

Ao no hono-o (original title)
Shuichi Kushimori is a 17-year-old student who lives a happy life with his mother and his sister. Without warning... See full synopsis »

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Noriko Fukuhara
Kumiko Akiyoshi ...
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Ryuji Sone
Baijaku Nakamura ...
Eiji Yamamoto
Anne Suzuki ...
Haruka Kushimori
Naomasa Musaka ...
Masashi Kano
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Shintaro Kanzaki
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Shuichi Kushimori is a 17-year-old student who lives a happy life with his mother and his sister. Without warning... See full synopsis »

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An Interesting and Absorbing Look at Murder
29 July 2008 | by (a small island near Europe) – See all my reviews

This is a brilliant example of a movie which is about murder, but which isn't a conventional crime thriller.

It's the exquisitely slow-paced tale of a murder - starting at the planning stage and following the perpetrator as he stumbles through a world irrevocably changed by his deed.

Beautifully written and filmed, with an eye-catching lead performance from Johnny's Entertainment idol Kazunari Ninomiya (who I'd previously only seen in a couple of comedy renzoku - I had no idea he could act like this!) and wonderfully restrained direction by Yukio Ninagawa, there's a lot to like here, but I wouldn't recommend it to everyone.

This isn't a thriller by any means - it's very much a character drama, in spite of the tight plotting and the slow-building tension. The murder around which the story revolves is depicted carefully and in detail, but as much weight is placed on the state of mind of the killer and on the consequences of the crime (both legal and personal).

Well-written, well-made and excellently played, this is an interesting change of pace from the plethora of whodunnits and murder-mysteries and crime thrillers which tend to emphasise the action and investigation over the psychological aspects of what happens when one person kills another.

(Incidentally, this film reminded me strongly in its overall approach to murder of the writings of Patricia Highsmith, a good example being Found in the Street.)


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