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Inju: The Beast in the Shadow (2008)

Inju, la bête dans l'ombre (original title)
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 »

Director:

Barbet Schroeder

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Rampo Edogawa (novel), Jean-Armand Bougrelle (scenario) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Benoît Magimel ... Alex Fayard
Lika Minamoto Lika Minamoto ... Tamao
Shun Sugata Shun Sugata ... Inspecteur Fuji
Maurice Bénichou ... L'agent d'Alex Fayard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuna Abe Yuna Abe ... Geiko
Shinpei Asanuma Shinpei Asanuma ... Editeur
Takumi Bando Takumi Bando ... Japanese Pimp
Guillaume Binggeli Guillaume Binggeli ... Etudiant Sorbonne
Jun Era Jun Era ... Chauffeur de taxi
Shiho Fujimura Shiho Fujimura ... Patronne de la maison de thé
Yoriko Fujisaki Yoriko Fujisaki ... Geiko
Toshi Fujiwara Toshi Fujiwara ... Toyama - the interpreter
Tomonobu Fukui Tomonobu Fukui
Kana Harada Kana Harada ... Jeune Maiko
Erika Hirai Erika Hirai ... Geiko
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

France | Japan

Language:

French | Japanese | English

Release Date:

3 September 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis der Geisha See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »

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Budget:

$18,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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sparkle
26 January 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

if it not becomes boring.a French writer in Japan. in search of a ghost. a meeting. adventures. and a confuse chain of events. the story is beautiful and the cast is nice. but not Benoit Magimel or Lika Minamoto can save the film. it remains a mixture of Hollywood crumbs and Oriental atmosphere. drawing of thriller with few drops of erotic scenes. and the end can impress at first view. like a magic of clown. but it is not really credible and seems be a kind of Pulp Fiction copy. full of good intentions, its ambitions are too great. it is not really a sin. but the game with delicate ingredients for a story with beautiful air but without a real subject is not base for success. only for a sparkle.


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