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A Century of Japanese Cinema: Keiho (Hong Kong Version)
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Product Title: A Century of Japanese Cinema: Keiho (Hong Kong Version) 日本映畫百年史:殺人無罪 (香港版) 日本映画百年史:杀人无罪 (香港版) 日本映畫百年史: 〈39〉刑法第三十九条 (海外版) A Century of Japanese Cinema: Keiho (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Suzuki Kyoka (Actor) | Tsutsumi Shinichi (Actor) | Yoshida Hideko | Sumio Omori 鈴木京香 (Actor) | 堤真一 (Actor) | 吉田日出子 | 大森壽美男 铃木京香 (Actor) | 堤真一 (Actor) | 吉田日出子 | 大森寿美男 鈴木京香 (Actor) | ツツミシンイチ (Actor) | 吉田日出子 | 大森寿美男 Suzuki Kyoka (Actor) | Tsutsumi Shinichi (Actor) | Yoshida Hideko | Sumio Omori
Release Date: 2003-10-14
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002905335

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Director: Morita Yoshimitsu






  Hatada Osamu and his wife were killed with a carving knife. Stage actor Shibata Masaki confesses to be the murderer but is later proved to a victim of schizophrenia, hence bearing no responsibility for the crime. Psychiatrist Ogawa Kafka is suspicious of the medical report and determines to reveal the ultimate truth behind the crime…… Keiho features Blue Ribbon Awards and the Japanese Academy Awards best Actress Suzuki Kyoka as Kafka, and Tsutsumi Shinichi (of Unlucky Monkey and Postman Blues fame). Both give a flawless portrayal as the stoic psychiatrist and the ruthless suspect. Director Morita Yoshimitsu (The Family Game and Lost Paradise) meticulously interweaves gripping drama and suspense to an intense level, marking this a masterpiece of both his own works and of contemporary Japanese cinema.


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This film has received 3 award nomination(s).
  • Japan Academy Prize 2000
    • Screen Play of the Year Nomination
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nomination, Suzuki Kyoka
    • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording Nomination
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (1)

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December 28, 2007

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Journey into a killer's psyche Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
From the director of "Lost Paradise", "Keiho" is a finely-crafted psychological study of a killer who may (or may not) have multiple personality disorder. During the course of the film, various investigators seek to get inside the head of this mysteriously malevolent young man.

Everyone in the film seems to be carrying their own load of psychological baggage, from the prosecutor with a host of nervous tics, to the police detective who always wears a creepy smile, to the psychiatric analysts who seem to be physically crushed by the cares of the world. Next to these folks, the killer looks pretty normal.

This is not a film in which all the loose ends get tied up into a tidy ending. We are left pondering whether the killer is deeply screwed up or just a master trickster. The lack of a clear resolution will have me returning to ponder "Keiho" again and again.

Given its rather elliptical style, I suspect that "Keiho" will appeal primarily to those who enjoy arthouse films. I can recommend it very highly. It would make a good double feature with director Nomura Yoshitaro's courtroom thriller, "The Incident", which also is available in this "A Century of Japanese Cinema" series.
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