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Jennifer Jason Leigh,
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
It's not about the story (or the twist therein). It's not about the technical realization of the movie (there is a standard here). But it's about the actors. Not that they are bad actors. But for a movie that has nothing much going for it (you should see where this is going from the get go), you need Actors who can carry this through. Unfortunately there is nothing to remind them by.
If you lower your standards, you might enjoy this a little bit. But since the actors and the story don't give you anything to look for in this movie, you could watch better and other movies instead. A french thriller in Japan, that is not successful.
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