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28 January 2006 (Japan) See more »
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Asuka is an aspiring model who moves to Tokyo to pursue her career. She moves into a small apartment with a friend of a friend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Gorgeous and gripping, but weak in the last minutes See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Reika Hashimoto ... Asuka Hoshino
Kaori Kawamura ... Kasumi
Shunsuke Matsuoka ... Yusuke Shiraki
Masanobu Andô ... Tatsuo Sorayama
Hijiri Kojima ... Aoi
Seri Iwahori ... Aika
Angie ... Mary Ayabe
Jô Odagiri ... Joker Jono
Masao Kusakari ... Ryusei Yozan
Eiji Okuda ... Inspector Minezaki
Shinzen Okada ... Isamu Kimura
Sawaco ... Mayumi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gô Ayano
Kikuo Kaneuchi
Ken Mitsuishi
Mitsu Murata
Gô Rijû
Hideo Sakaki
Teru
Ken'ichi Yajima

Directed by
Macoto Tezuka 
 
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Macoto Tezuka 

Produced by
Takashi Asai .... producer
Yui Tamae .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Kan Takagi 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuhiro Shirao 
 
Production Design by
Ayako Matsuo 
 
Art Direction by
Toshihiro Isomi 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tomohiro Kubo .... assistant director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Noboru Miyashita .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Shinkuronishiti" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:133 min
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Gorgeous and gripping, but weak in the last minutes, 12 April 2007
Author: UberNoodle from Japan

After eyeing this DVD off in the stores here in humid Japan, I finally plonked down the 4,000 or so yen, and got myself a copy. I wasn't sure what exactly I was getting myself into, but I was interested in finding out what the son of Osamu Tezuka, Makoto Tezuka, could do.

What I witnessed, was a visually stunning film, drenched with atmosphere, held back only by underdeveloped main storyline, or should I say, climax. To say that the story was bad is inaccurate. After the quite intense opening, I quickly learned that this film was going to offer much much more than a typical murder mystery; gory as it may be in parts, the characters are so interesting and enjoyable to observe, I almost forgot about the grisly slaying that punctuate the film throughout.

In fact, when the climax did in fact arrive, it almost seemed to abrupt. Though the film clocks in at a little over two hours, so much time is spent soaking us beautiful imagery and tense atmosphere that the revelations in the final scenes seem out of the blue. Perhaps much more could have been done in regards to this, but seeing that this film had a rocky path to cinema release, perhaps some things were out of Mr Tezuka Junior's hands.

As stated above, the film is shot wonderfully, with great colour compositions and clever visual arrangements. The use of CGI in the film is minimal, but it is high enough in quality to fool those of more literal mindsets. The sound design is also worth a mention, as it really adds to the dark and foreboding mood of the rain drenched glistening imagery, and cramped and cluttered spaces.

Much has been said about Tezuka's references to other film makers in this film, particularly Hitchcock, but for what it's worth, it isn't a negative aspect. It isn't cheap, and I think it is a sincere attempt by the director to show us as film-goers just what makes him tick. The medical aspects of the story, perhaps echo Makoto's own upbringing, his father being a doctor originally, and I like to think that this film reflects his father's work much closer than people have assumed: an exploration of humanity, and human life.

That is what I see this film is, and the murders are just an enabler for the real dissections to take place.

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