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The Snow White Murder Case (2014) (DVD) (Deluxe Edition) (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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One woman discovers the destructive power of the internet and social media in The Snow White Murder Case, based on a novel by Confessions author Minato Kanae. Directed by Nakamura Yoshihiro (Fish Story, Golden Slumbers), the mystery-drama deconstructs a seemingly open-and-shut case involving the murder of a beautiful cosmetics company employee by a "plain-looking" co-worker, played by Inoue Mao. Adopting a Rashomon-style narrative structure, Nakamura and screenwriter Hayashi Tamio (Golden Slumbers) show the devastating effects of internet rumors and how they can play with our perception of the truth. In addition to Inoue, The Snow White Murder Case also stars Ayano Go (Rurouni Kenshin) as a Twitter-obsessed reporter and popular model Nanao (Last Cinderella) as the beautiful murder victim.

A beautiful woman (Nanao) working for a cosmetics company has been brutally murdered, but the police have been secretive about the details of the case. One day, ambitious television news director Akahoshi (Ayano Go) gets a call from a friend who works inside the company and learns about the rivalry between the victim and Shirono (Inoue Mao), a "plain-looking" employee who seems to have plenty of motives to commit murder. Akahoshi's subsequent investigative report creates a huge stir on social media, as netizens quickly identify the secret identity behind the "Miss S" in the report. Despite not having been officially sought out by the police, Shirono has already been persecuted publicly as the killer. What is the truth behind the case? Where is Shirono?

This edition comes with a booklet featuring an essay by Minato Kanae, as well as a bonus DVD containing making of, stage events and trailers.

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Product Title: The Snow White Murder Case (2014) (DVD) (Deluxe Edition) (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version) 白雪姬殺人事件 豪華版 (2014) (DVD) (初回限定版)(日本版) 白雪姬杀人事件 豪华版 (2014) (DVD) (初回限定版)(日本版) 白ゆき姫殺人事件 豪華版 [初回限定版] The Snow White Murder Case (2014) (DVD) (Deluxe Edition) (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
Also known as: 白雪公主殺人事件 白雪公主杀人事件
Artist Name(s): Inoue Mao | Yasukawa Goro | Ayano Go | Minato Kanae | Nanao | Dankan | Kanjiya Shihori | Tanimura Mitsuki | Ono Erena | Renbutsu Misako | Sometani Shota | Kaneko Nobuaki | Mayaji Mao | Akino Yoko | Nomura Yuka | Yamashita Yorie | Asakura Aki | Kusano Ini | Kawamo Chiaki | Namase Katsuhisa | TSUKEMEN 井上真央 | 安川午朗 | 綾野剛 | 湊佳苗 | 菜菜緒 | Dankan | 貫地谷詩穗梨 | 谷村美月 | 小野惠令奈 | 蓮佛美沙子 | 染谷將太 | 金子信昭 | 宮地真緒 | Akino Yoko | 野村佑香 | 山下容莉枝 | Asakura Aki | 草野イニ | 川面千晶 | 生瀨勝久 | TSUKEMEN 井上真央 | 安川午朗 | 绫野刚 | 凑佳苗 | 菜菜绪 | Dankan | 贯地谷诗穗梨 | 谷村美月 | 小野惠令奈 | 莲佛美沙子 | 染谷将太 | 金子信昭 | 宫地真绪 | Akino Yoko | 野村佑香 | 山下容莉枝 | Asakura Aki | 草野イニ | 川面千晶 | 生濑胜久 | TSUKEMEN 井上真央 | 安川午朗 | 綾野剛 | 湊かなえ/著 | 菜々緒 | ダンカン | 貫地谷しほり | 谷村美月 | 小野恵令奈 | 蓮佛美沙子 | 染谷将太 | 金子ノブアキ | 宮地真緒 | 秋野暢子 | 野村佑香 | 山下容莉枝 | 朝倉あき | 草野イニ | 川面千晶 | 生瀬勝久 | TSUKEMEN Inoue Mao | Yasukawa Goro | Ayano Go | Minato Kanae | Nanao | Dankan | Kanjiya Shihori | Tanimura Mitsuki | Ono Erena | Renbutsu Misako | Sometani Shota | Kaneko Nobuaki | Mayaji Mao | Akino Yoko | Nomura Yuka | Yorie Yamashita | Asakura Aki | Kusano Ini | Kawamo Chiaki | Namase Katsuhisa | TSUKEMEN
Director: Nakamura Yoshihiro 中村義洋 中村义洋 中村義洋 Nakamura Yoshihiro
Release Date: 2014-09-03
Publisher Product Code: DB-776
Language: Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Shochiku Home Video
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035829452

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
井上真央 / 綾野剛 / 蓮佛美沙子 / 中村義洋 (監督) / 湊かなえ (原作) / 安川午朗 (音楽)

本編ディスク+特典ディスク
特製アウターケース

[特典情報]
封入特典:書き下ろしエッセイ収録ブックレット/映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
完全初回限定生産版/本編126分
製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2014

[ストーリー]
国定公園・しぐれ谷で誰もが認める美人OLが惨殺された。全身をめった刺しにされ、その後火をつけられた不可解な殺人事件を巡り、一人の女に疑惑の目が集まる。彼女の名前は城野美姫。同期入社した被害者の三木典子とは対照的に地味で特徴のないOLだ。テレビ局でワイドショーを制作するディレクター・赤星雄治は、彼女の行動に疑問を抱き、その足取りを追いかける。取材を通じてさまざまな噂を語り始める、美姫の同僚・同級生・家族・故郷の人々。報道は過熱し、ネットは炎上。噂が噂を呼び、口コミの恐怖は広がっていく。果たして城野美紀は残忍な魔女なのか?それとも——。

[解説]
原作湊かなえ×出演井上真央、綾野剛×監督中村義洋/80万部突破のベストセラー傑作サスペンスの映画化。/ネット炎上をテーマにした衝撃作!

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Social media is scary
With the development of social media, the dissemination of information has never been faster. Media organizations and independent reporters now compete against each other to be the first to get the news out, and accuracy of information is sometimes sacrificed along the way. By the time misinformation is debunked, the damage has already been done.

Novelist Minato Kanae (Confessions) and director Nakamura Yoshihiro (Fish Story) put that theory into action with The Snow White Murder Case. Based on Minato's novel, the mystery drama revolves around the murder of Miki Noriko (model Nanao), a beautiful employee of a cosmetics company. Right after the murder, lowly television director Yuji (Ayano Go) receives a call from old high school friend Risako (Renbutsu Risako), who also works in the cosmetics company. Risako's story implies that the only person with a motive to murder Noriko is Shirono Miki (Inoue Mao), a "plain-looking" employee at the company. While the police reveals nothing, Yuji turns his scoop into his claim to fame as he spreads the story on his Twitter account and on television.

Like Nakashima Tetsuya's adaptation of Mintao's Confessions, Snow White's narrative constantly shifts perspectives to let the audience piece together the puzzle. While Confessions uses the structure to put us inside the heads of the two murderers (their identity was never up for doubt), Snow White is more traditional by using red herrings to play with audience expectations.

However, unlike other films in the genre, Nakamura and screenwriter Hayashi Tamio have created a surprisingly humorous film, using the murder case to disguise a darkly comedic satire about the state of social media. Twitter – which received a Special Thanks in the credits – is depicted as a platform where people seek attention with fabricated insider news, recklessly post inflammatory comments and hunt down those who are presumed guilty.

The film also satirizes Japan's mainstream media as organizations who sensationalize news for ratings and only care for the truth when it affects their image. Nakamura even delivers one of the best recreations of a Japanese television news story I have ever seen in a film.

Behind the complex murder mystery and the dry humor, The Snow White Murder Case is a cautionary tale about the power of social media. That message has been delivered numerous times, but Nakamura deserves credit for finding a new way to do it.

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