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...with a blueish darker palette the director is presenting us this almost horror film in a two hours long run. Seems that most Japanese movies should have that length¿? The other commentators are saying that is too long and the pace too slow; well; I think they are not accustomed to Japanese films... In fact, all the length is right; but yes, like mentioned too, the final is somewhat evident at some point.
-I want to add a different point of view:
We are seeing different kind of situations and persons. Not all the rich and educated guys are good and not all the not so rich are good too. Very good showing of what a Human being can do to reach his/her desires.
You have the mentally ill characters; the climbers; the "normal" people; the cheats; the lies and liars.
-Is a sordid plot but not oppressive to watch it; it has plenty of "air" and exterior shoots to keep watching.
..why he decides to investigate about this crime again? One year after...may be he had all planned...may be it is his catharsis?
Incredible also, no matter what to do or not the perception of others is what counts in the end...
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