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The Brain Man (2013)

Nô Otoko (original title)
A not-too-bright cop searches for a serial bomber.


Tomoyuki Takimoto


Urio Shudô (based on the novel by), Katsuhiko Manabe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Yasuko Matsuyuki ... Doctor Mariko Washiya
Shôta Sometani ... Shimura
Yôsuke Eguchi ... Cop
Fumi Nikaidô ... Noriko
Tôma Ikuta Tôma Ikuta ... Ichiro Suzuki
Yukiyoshi Ozawa
Renji Ishibashi
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Kuroda
Isao Natsuyagi
Rina Ohta Rina Ohta ... Yuria
Masahiro Kômoto Masahiro Kômoto
Misaki Saisho Misaki Saisho
Kensuke Ohwada Kensuke Ohwada ... Hirono


A series of bombings occur and police track a lead, where they find the male protagonist Ichiro Suzuki and believe he is somehow involved. After psychiatric evaluation and rigorous questioning, the man is found to be emotionally vacant, highly intelligent with a savant-like photographic memory, physically strong and unable to feel any pain. The female lead who plays psychiatrist Mariko Mashiya is intrigued and attempts to discover what and how he came to this state, fueled by her own past personal tragedy and determination to seek the truth. Is he the psychopath they are all looking for? Written by Kelvin T

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Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

9 February 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Too intelligent for his own good
13 January 2017 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

"The Brain Man" is a highly entertaining movie, that it's at its best when it centers on the relationship between its two principal characters, but is a tad overlong and overplays its 'crazy people' card.

There seems to be a serial killer on the loose. The police is trying to find the person, and they think they have him when, after some inquiries, they detain Ichiro Suzuki. But what seems like an accomplice has been able to run away. Doctor Mariko Washiya is called by the police to try to help uncover the puzzle that Ichiro Suzuki is.

The movie centers on the relationship that builds between Ichiro and Mariko, the second a psychiatrist that believes in the possibility of change within people and that wants to find what made Ichiro the kind of person he is. And while researching for Ichiro's past and developing relationships, the movie is a fascinating study on human psychology. However, the 'psychokiller' card is overplayed in more than one occasion, with deaths and explosions just there to shock the viewer.

It is a movie worth watching, and even if it's more than two hours long, it feels fresh and the running time only starts to feel stretched close to the end. The direction and acting help a lot, with lots of familiar Japanese movie/TV dramas faces that do a great job with their characters. If it just hadn't gone for the shock so much...

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