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ZERO FOCUS

Original Title:
ゼロの焦点
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Introduction

Marking the 100th anniversary of Japan’s iconic mystery writer Seicho Matsumoto's birth, another of his mysteries is added to the list of film adaptations alongside "Castle of Sand" and "Points and Lines". The film is set in 1950's ? an era of rebirth for post-war Japan ? "Year Zero", and it is the story of a series of murders surrounding one man's disappearance. This suspenseful mystery is told through the eyes of the newly married wife, who heads northern Japan in search of her missing husband. The wife is played by Ryoko Hirosue (“Departures”), while the two other women she meets in her search are played by Miki Nakatani (“Memories of Matsuko”) and Tae Kimura (“All Around Us”). Isshin Inudo, (“Josse, the Tiger and the Fish” and “Bizan”) known for his warm, yet sharp insight into human behavior, plays the dual role of screenwriter and director.

With a stellar cast and a superb crew, “Zero Focus” marks the peak of suspenseful entertainment!

Story

After 7 days of marriage, Kenichi Uhara leaves on a business trip to his former working place, Kanazawa, the northern part of Japan, and never returns. His wife, Teiko, having only known him through an arranged marriage, cannot begin to grasp the situation. She embarks on a journey up to Kanazawa to solve the mystery of his disappearance. Fate brings her into contact with two women; Sachiko Murota, the wife of the president of a local brick-makers (and former client of Kenichi), and Hisako Tanuma, an uneducated lowly receptionist at the same company. Teiko's husband's disappearance snares the three women in a web of fate as a series of murders unfolds. Meanwhile, one truth has become clear: Each killing involves someone known to Kenichi!
Why Kenichi disappears?
Who is behind the murders?
What is the motive?
A terrifying truth awaits Teiko at the end of her journey…

Data

Original Story
Seicho Matsumoto
Director
Isshin Inudo
Screenplay
Isshin Inudo
Kenji Nakazono
Producer
Hideyuki Honma
Yuzaburo Amemiya
Toshimasa Oura
Cast
Ryoko Hirosue
Miki Nakatani
Tae Kimura
Music
Koji Ueno
Cinematography
Takahiro Tsutai
Editor
Soichi Ueno
Production Design
Koji Seshimo
Release Date in Japan
2009.11.14
Runtime
134min.
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