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A grisly murder occurs in Maruyama-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo - a love hotel district - a woman was found dead in a derelict apartment. Kazuko (Miki Mizuno) is a police officer called to investigate on this case, she will discover the story of two women who, despite appearing respectable on the outside have all manner of darkness hidden away. Written by
The story is loosely based on the 1997 murder of Yasuko Watanabe, who was a senior economic researcher at TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company), but was also a prostitute at night in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. See more »
Starts off incredibly well - edgy, very interesting, and doesn't give much away. The transformation of the author's wife is captivating, and has many lessons in liberty, self-will, individualism and their consequences.
However, the second act is confusing, drags on a bit and the plot is not entirely water-tight. Some things just seem added in for shock or weirdness value.
The conclusion is good and closes the loop well, though leaving room for a continuing moral.
Solid performances all round.
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