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Inju: The Beast in the Shadow (2008)
"Inju, la bête dans l'ombre" (original title)

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The writer and college professor, Alexandre Fayard, researches and gives lectures about the gruesome literary work of the mysterious Japanese writer Shundei Oe, considered by him to be the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Alex Fayard
Lika Minamoto ...
Tamao
Shun Sugata ...
Inspecteur Fuji
Maurice Bénichou ...
L'agent d'Alex Fayard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuna Abe ...
Geiko
Shinpei Asanuma ...
Editeur
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Japanese Pimp
Guillaume Binggeli ...
Etudiant Sorbonne
Jun Era ...
Chauffeur de taxi
Shiho Fujimura ...
Patronne de la maison de thé
Yoriko Fujisaki ...
Geiko
Toshi Fujiwara ...
Toyama - the interpreter
Tomonobu Fukui
Kana Harada ...
Jeune Maiko
Erika Hirai ...
Geiko
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The writer and college professor, Alexandre Fayard, researches and gives lectures about the gruesome literary work of the mysterious Japanese writer Shundei Oe, considered by him to be the master of manipulation. In his underground detective novels, evil always prevails and Shundei Oe has never allowed anyone to see his face. His only image available is a frightening picture on the back of his best-sellers. Alex travels to Kyoto to promote his successful detective story that follows the same style of the Shundei Oe but with a positive message instead. He meets with his publisher, Ken Honda, from the publishing house Hakubunkan. While in an interview in a TV show, Alex receives a phone call from Shundei Oe that advises him to return to Paris, and Alex believes it is a marketing strategy of Ken. Then Alex and Ken go to a tea house where he meets the Masochist geisha Tamao, and Alex has a crush on her. Tamao discloses to Alex that she knows Shundei Oe and his real name is Hichiro Irata; ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A waste of two hours
3 April 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure why this film was made, every character is bland and the actors are either talentless or badly directed, everything is by the numbers; dream sequences, an incredibly obvious twist, no social commentary and no examination of morals or motives. Don't expect anything particularly Japanese or French, this is as bland as anything out of Hollywood, it only inspires confusion and frustration. Like many movies made about writers this is full of awful writing, it should have been two intelligent complex characters matching wits, subtly probing, dropping taunting elusive clues. Instead it is one barely competent adversary foiling a totally moronic protagonist while dropping unambiguous proof and lucking into foiling the one able character who is then perfunctorily killed.


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