Director: Takahisa Zeze
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Actor Takeru Satoh and director Takahisa Zeze of The 8-Year Engagement are back, this time joined by Hiroshi Abe for a film adaptation of best-selling author Shichiri Nakayama’s mystery novel. Nine years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, grisly murders occur in the urban area of Miyagi Prefecture, where victims are tied up and left to starve. The victims all had reputations for being good men, men of integrity. Seiichiro Tomashino (Hiroshi Abe), from the First Investigation Division of Miyagi Prefectural Police, uncovers common ground between the two murders. Meanwhile, Yasuhisa Tone (Takeru Satoh), surfaces as a suspect in the investigation. Tone, who had been serving time for committing arson and assault while trying to help out a friend, was a model prisoner who had just been released. While police are unable to find conclusive evidence to implicate him, a third murder occurs. “What should one protect?” “What is the reason for the murders?”
Takahisa Zeze, born in 1960, is a Japanese film director and screenwriter first known for his soft-core pornographic pink films of the 1990s. Along with fellow directors, Kazuhiro Sano, Toshiki Satō, and Hisayasu Sato, he is known as one of the “Four Emperors of Pink” (ピンク四天王, pinku shitennō). In recent years, he has directed such major commercial hits as 64: Part I, 64: Part II, and The 8-Year Engagement, while continuing to make independent art films like Heaven’s Story and Kiku and Guillotine.