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Zero Focus (1961)

Zero no shôten (original title)
Teiko's new husband disappears on a business trip. She discovers a pair of mysterious postcards hidden away in a book that may be clues to his fate.

Director:

Yoshitarô Nomura
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yoshiko Kuga ... Teiko Uhara
Hizuru Takachiho ... Sachiko Murota
Ineko Arima ... Hisako Tanuma
Kôji Nanbara Kôji Nanbara ... Kenichi Uhara
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Sotaro Uhara
Sadako Sawamura ... Mrs. Sotaro Uhara
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Mr. Murota
Tatsuo Nagai Tatsuo Nagai ... Lt. Kitamura
Mutsuko Sakura Mutsuko Sakura
Takanobu Hozumi Takanobu Hozumi ... Mr. Honda
Hisao Toake Hisao Toake ... Saeki
Masao Oda
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki
Toyo Takahashi ... Mrs. Okazaki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isao Arase Isao Arase
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Storyline

Kenichi and Teiko Uhara are one week newlyweds. Promoted to his company Hakuho Ad Agency's Tokyo headquarters, Kenichi heads on a short business trip back to Kanazawa, where he was that branch office's manager, to wrap up his business there, leaving Teiko alone in Tokyo to unpack their apartment. Although he is reported to have left Kanazawa to head back to Tokyo on the day planned, he doesn't come home on the scheduled day, without anyone in his and Teiko's personal life or his business colleagues knowing what happened to him. In addition to the police who Teiko notifies about her husband's disappearance, Teiko is assisted intermittently in trying to locate Kenichi by her mother, Kenichi's brother and sister-in-law, and Mr. Honda, who was a subordinate of Kenichi's at the Kanazawa branch office and its new manager. Teiko realizes through her early investigation that she knows little of Kenichi's life, especially nothing of his friends and colleagues in Kanazawa. This lack of ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

19 March 1961 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Reflected in the car windows when Mrs. Matsura drives away near the end. See more »

Quotes

Teiko Uhara: [Last lines - narrating] The questions and mysteries that brought me here have all been resolved. But they've left something larger in my heart: An awe for life, with its breadth and depth too vast to comprehend. Like this northern sea, bottomless and never ending, like the sea of sorrow we carry in our hearts.
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Snowy Hitchcockian thriller
8 September 2008 | by Prof-Hieronymos-GrostSee all my reviews

Teiko Uhara is a dowdy young woman delighted at finally catching the man of her dreams, Kenichi, after a whirlwind romance her and her new man marry. As Kenichi has just received another big promotion in work, he is called away immediately before they can have a proper honeymoon, he promises to be back in a few days. The days pass and there is no sign of her husband returning, Teiko contacts her husbands employers, who say he has already left for home some time previously. Teiko begins to worry for her husbands safety and decides to travel north to Kanazawa to track him down.

Zero Focus is very taut thriller, that just screams of Hitchcock, the plot, the noirish visuals and even the score would all be very much at home in Hitch's repertoire. Nomura pieces together a convoluted script into a mesmerizing tale of hidden identities, murder and prostitution from which Teiko cannot escape. With only a couple of photos from her husbands belongings to go on, Teiko's investigation takes her into the snowy wastelands of the north, a slightly backward coastal area where ragged cliffs act like a magnet to those with suicidal tendencies and provide the viewer with memories of Rebecca. Its into this that quiet city girl Teiko is thrown, with these paltry clues she endeavours to unravel the tragedies of Kanazawa.


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