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The Castle of Sand (1974)

Suna no utsuwa (original title)
Detectives investigate the murder of an old man found in a Tokyo rail yard.

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Yoshitarô Nomura
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsurô Tanba ... Detective Imanishi
Gô Katô Gô Katô ... Eiryo Waga
Kensaku Morita Kensaku Morita ... Detective Yoshimura
Yôko Shimada ... Reiko
Karin Yamaguchi Karin Yamaguchi ... Sachiko
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Waga's Father
Kazuhide Haruta Kazuhide Haruta ... Motoura Hideo
Chishû Ryû ... Kirihara
Junko Natsu Junko Natsu ... Akiko, hostess at Cabaret Bonuru
Seiji Matsuyama Seiji Matsuyama ... Miki's Son
Taketoshi Naitô Taketoshi Naitô ... Search section chief
Masumi Harukawa ... Naka Sumie, woman at fan shop
Yoshio Inaba Yoshio Inaba ... Search chief clerk
Tokue Hanazawa Tokue Hanazawa ... Miki's colleague in flashback
Taiji Tonoyama ... Publican at Ebisu
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Detectives investigate the murder of an old man found in a Tokyo rail yard.

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Seicho Matsumoto once said he preferred this version over his own novel. See more »

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Based on a bestselling novel
6 June 2003 | by noirfilmSee all my reviews

At first, I thought this was going to be a standard murder-mystery story. A police detective doggedly pursues slim clues all over the map to find a murderer. However, when the events which led up to the crime are revealed through flashbacks, the story takes an emotional turn which even brings tears to the detective's eyes. Like most Japanese movies, it starts slowly but comes alive at the end. I recommend it.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Castle of Sand See more »

Filming Locations:

Ebisu, Naniwa, Osaka, Japan See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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