MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,035 this week

Lakeside Murder Case (2004)
"Reikusaido mâdâ kêsu" (original title)

6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 145 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 3 critic

Three couples are staying at a lakeside cottage with their children. They want them to prepare intensely for a prestigious high school's entrance exam with the help of a private tutor. One ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4225 titles
created 12 Dec 2011
 
a list of 875 titles
created 30 Sep 2013
 
a list of 715 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 69 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 14 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lakeside Murder Case (2004)

Lakeside Murder Case (2004) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lakeside Murder Case.
2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sakebi (2006)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A detective investigates a series of murders. A possible serial killer might be on a rampage, since they all are in the same vicinity and by the same method, but as the evidence points ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Manami Konishi, Tsuyoshi Ihara
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Ten people who agree to take the same lucrative "job" find themselves locked in an underground complex and forced to play a murder game for seven days.

Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Kin'ya Kitaôji, Nagisa Katahira, Shinji Takeda
Doppelganger (2003)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hayasaki is an inventor working on an Artificial Body. It is not going well and he is stressed out and on the verge of being fired from the research division of his company. His ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Hiromi Nagasaku, Yûsuke Santamaria
Thriller | Horror | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In Seoul, parts not matching of severed copses of three men are found in cars and bags left in public spaces. Detective Cho, who is under investigation of the Internal Affairs, is assigned ... See full summary »

Director: Youn-hyun Chang
Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Eun-ha Shim, Hang-Seon Jang
Tsumetai chi (1997)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eiko Nagashima, Tarô Suwa
Seance (TV Movie 2000)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A psychic housewife and her husband become burdened with a kidnapped girl who escaped her assailant. Junko will not let her husband call the hospital or the police for purely selfish ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Jun Fubuki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Seemingly an ordinary math teacher in high school, Suk-go is indeed a brilliant mathematician. Hwa-sun is his neighbor. They become inseparable when Suk-go decides to cover up Hwa-sun's ... See full summary »

Director: Eun-jin Pang
Stars: Seung-beom Ryu, Yo-won Lee, Jin-woong Jo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, 'The Great Passage.' In the eclectic team, he becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Yûya Ishii
Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Jô Odagiri
Chinpira (1996)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Dankan, Reiko Kataoka
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A man is stabbed to death in Tokyo's Nihonbashi area. The victim staggers with the knife still in the wound for eight minutes before collapsing under the winged statues of two Kirin on the ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Doi
Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Aragaki, Junpei Mizobata
Helpless (1996)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Yasuo is a gangster just released from jail. Believing his boss double-crossed him, enraged Yasuo is on his way to find the boss. But before setting out for the dangerous trip, Yasuo asks ... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Ken Mitsuishi, Yôichirô Saitô
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Hiroshi Nishitani
Stars: Jun Fubuki, Masaharu Fukuyama, Hakuryû
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Sunsuke Namiki
Hiroko Yakushimaru ...
Minako Namiki
Akira Emoto ...
Tomoharu Fujima
Etsushi Toyokawa ...
Masaru Tsukumi
Shingo Tsurumi ...
Takashi Sekiya
Kaoru Sugita ...
Yasuko Sekiya
Fukumi Kuroda ...
Kazue Fujima
Yûko Mano ...
Eriko Takashina
Arisa Makino ...
Maika Namiki
Shohei Murata ...
Naoto Fujima
Makoto Baba ...
Takuya Sekiya
Edit

Storyline

Three couples are staying at a lakeside cottage with their children. They want them to prepare intensely for a prestigious high school's entrance exam with the help of a private tutor. One night, one of the wives confesses to her husband that she has killed his mistress... Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Mystery

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 January 2005 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Lakeside Murder Case  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Channeling Hitchcock in Japan
7 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Koji Yakusho has a lot in common with Jimmy Stewart. He often plays a bemused everyman to whom the most awful things happen. This movie puts his character in precisely that position. It's not just a mystery, but it's also a satire on the Japanese national obsession with getting kids into the best schools at any price.

Yakusho's character, Sunsuke Namiki stands outside of that obsession, as a self-made successful former dropout, so he doesn't buy into his wife's insistence on getting their daughter into an elite high school as fervently as his wife would like. In many of the scenes at the tutoring retreat in the country, he's isolated from the other parents, who function more cohesively as a group in typical Japanese fashion. But he does try, because he loves his daughter with all his heart.

He has another problem, in the form of his mistress, who visits the kind of trouble on him and the others at the tutoring retreat that gets her killed. How and why are not as they seem, and the ending is worthy of any of Alfred Hitchcock's darkly funny mysteries.

This is not just Koji Yakusho's movie. Every actor, maybe with the exception of Shingo Tsurumi, gives a great performance. Tsurumi's choices seemed two-dimensional and a little over the top, but that may be more a function of the way the character was written: more than a little paranoid. I had not seen Hiroko Yakushimaru before. She was brilliant as Minako Namiki. Akira Emoto turned in another fine performance as yet another kind of weird, creepy guy. He seems to be stuffed with an endless supply of them. Etsushi Toyokawa (as the tutor, Masaru Tsukumi) and Yuko Mano (as Namiki's mistress, Eriko Takashina) give us people with hidden agendas and different facets to their characters, ranging from earnest and sincere to bloodlessly cynical.

The music is minimal, sometimes nothing more than an electric bass playing a simple melody, and exactly what is needed to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.

Visually, it is stunning for its locations and interiors and the way the shots tell the story, with people moving in and out of the frame. There is a departure from that with a hand-held camera sequence of an argument between the Namikis that puts their fight in the pit of the viewer's stomach.


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does anyone know where to find this? RichieTennenbaum
Discuss Lakeside Murder Case (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?