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Suspect X (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Starring popular actor/singer Fukuyama Masaharu and top actress Shibasaki Kou (Shaolin Girl), the hit 2007 Fuji TV detective drama Galileo inspired a big screen spin-off and a TV special in 2008, both of which arrived on October 4. The double dose proved to be a resounding success: the TV special Galileo - Episode Zero drew ratings of over 20%, and the film Suspect X topped the box office for four straight weeks to become the third highest-grossing Japanese film of the year.

Directed by Nishitani Hiroshi (Star Reformer), Suspect X transplants the TV drama's winning formula and the mind-twisting appeal of Higashino Keigo's original story straight to the big screen. Eternal heartthrob Fukuyama Masaharu stars as charmingly nerdy genius physicist and professor Yukawa Manabu who uses his supreme intellect and reasoning to help headstrong detective Kaoru (Kou) solve mysterious cases. This time Yukawa meets his match in Ishigami Tetsuya (acclaimed actor Tsutsumi Shinichi, Always - Sunset on Third Street), a math genius and Yukawa's former classmate who orchestrates the seemingly perfect murder cover-up. Can Yukawa unwrap the mystery, and bring his friend to justice?

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Product Title: Suspect X (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 神探伽俐略 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 神探伽俐略 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 容疑者Xの献身 Suspect X (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 神探伽俐略 - 嫌疑犯 X 的獻身 神探伽俐略 - 嫌疑犯 X 的献身
Artist Name(s): Fukuyama Masaharu (Actor) | Shibasaki Ko (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki (Actor) | Tsutsumi Shinichi 福山雅治 (Actor) | 柴咲幸 (Actor) | 北村一輝 (Actor) | 堤真一 福山雅治 (Actor) | 柴咲幸 (Actor) | 北村一辉 (Actor) | 堤真一 福山雅治 (Actor) | 柴咲コウ (Actor) | 北村一輝 (Actor) | 堤真一 후쿠야마 마사하루 (Actor) | 시바사키 코우 (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki (Actor) | Tsutsumi Shinichi
Director: Nishitani Hiroshi Nishitani Hiroshi Nishitani Hiroshi 西谷弘 Nishitani Hiroshi
Release Date: 2009-03-19
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 128 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014037825

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Director : Hiroshi Nishitani

The body of a male has been discovered, strangled to death, his face pulverized beyond recognition and fingers burned to a crisp. Assigned to the case are local precinct detective, Kaoru Utsumi, and her ex-colleague from headquarters, Shunpei Kusanagi. It turns out that the neighbor of the victim's ex-wife is a college alumnus of brilliant physicist, Manabu Yukawa, aka “Detective Galileo.” He is Tetsuya Ishigami, a high school math teacher whom Yukawa personally considers a true genius. When Yukawa is brought onto help with the case by Utsumi, he begins to suspect that this “true genius” and a with whom Yukawa shares a bond of friendship as an intellectual equal is somehow connected to the murder. Elaborate bluffs, false testimonials, loopholes in logic – all begin to appear in Detective Galileo’s way as if intentionally placed as a challenge by someone with mathematical brilliance.
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March 14, 2009

Detective Galileo vs. Suspect X
2008 was a very good year for Japanese television dramas to travel to the silver screen. Just in the list of top ten highest-grossing films of the year, we can find three movies that began on the small screen - Hana Yori Dango: Final, Suspect X, and Aibo the Movie - not to mention other decent-grossing TV spin-offs like Kurosagi, Sushi Oji, and Akai Ito. Spun from the 2007 TV drama Galileo, Suspect X ended 2008 with over US$50 million in box-office receipts, making it the third highest-grossing Japanese film of the year after Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea and Hana Yori Dango: Final. The box office comes as no surprise considering the TV drama's popularity, the star power of leads Fukuyama Masaharu and Shibasaki Kou, and the fame of Higashino Keigo's original work, but Suspect X has tellingly found as much love with critics as it has with audiences.

There's something of a pop stigma to films based on television series that makes them easy to watch and enjoy, but difficult to laud. Certainly, few people will be going out of their way to call Hana Yori Dango: Final a good movie. But Suspect X elevated what could have been yet another television spin-off paycheck into a fine feature film worthy of both blockbuster box office and a Japan Academy Award Best Film nomination.

Suspect X started on the small screen as a standard case-per-episode detective drama, albeit one with bigger stars and better writing than most. The odd-couple superstar tag team of Fukuyama Masaharu and Shibasaki Kou portray an eccentric physics professor and meddlesome female detective who solve strange crimes together through scientific experiments, deductive reasoning, and amusing bickering. Effectively balancing comedy, gravity, and mystery, the TV drama was certainly interesting and appealing enough thanks to the intriguing cases about oblique ways to kill people, the impressive lineup of celebrity guest stars for each episode, and Fukuyama Masaharu's hilariously dry and charming performance as "Detective Galileo" Yukawa Manabu. Shibasaki Kou also makes that cute sour-faced expression of hers a lot.

Though familiarity with the characters and the TV drama would certainly make the proceedings warmer and the comedic moments funnier, Suspect X works more than well enough as a standalone film to appeal to viewers new to the series. Suspect X has everything that made Galileo an entertaining and engaging watch, expanded to a silver-screen scale without losing its original charm. And it boasts the additions of award-winning thesps Matsuyuki Yasuko and Tsutsumi Shinichi to the cast. Fukuyama Masaharu always cuts fine form as a leading man, but it's Tsutsumi that hits Suspect X out of the ballpark. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Asian Film Awards, he is simply brilliant in the role of a worn-out math genius who orchestrates the perfect murder cover-up. Tsutsumi plays the criminal with a graying dignity and tragic earnesty that truly moves the audience, right up to a melodramatic climax that would not have been possible in the hands of a lesser actor.

Unlike the TV drama, Suspect X is less about deciphering the puzzle and more about the match-up of Tsutsumi and Fukuyama's characters, two prodigies who started in the same place and somehow ended up on opposite sides. Though definitely a crowd-pleaser, Suspect X side-steps popcorn poetic justice for a welcome and more bittersweet exposition on the peculiarities of crime and the turns of life.

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Customer Review of "Suspect X (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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May 27, 2009

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Hitchcock couldn't have done it better Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie is a gem. With an excellent cast, ingenious story, intelligent script, creative cinematography, and masterful editing, director Nishitani Hiroshi has crafted one of the best films of suspense I've seen in years.

The ex-husband of Hanaoka Yasuko (Matsuyuki Yasuko) bursts into the home of Yasuko and her daughter. When he begins to beat Yasuko's daughter, Yasuko does what she needs to do to protect her child ... and her ex-husband ends up dead. Yasuko's neighbor, the genius mathematician Ishigami Tetsuya (Tsutsumi Shinichi), overhears the commotion and offers to get Yasuko out of this mess. The police soon find a dead body whose identity seems to have been totally obscured. However, they soon believe they have figured out who the victim was and Hanaoka Yasuko quickly becomes their prime suspect. Police detective Utsumi Kaoru (Shibasaki Kou) aided by brainy physics prof Yukawa Manabu (Fukuyama Masaharu) are on the case. Can they solve it or has the math whiz managed to outwit them?

Big stars Shibasaki and Fukuyama are terrific as the investigators who seek to untangle this seemingly unsolvable case, but Tsutsumi Shinichi and Matsuyuki Yasuko (who was so good as the dance teacher in "Hula Girls") are even better in their beautifully nuanced performances. The story, although unfolded at a deliberate pace, grips the viewer throughout. We even get the treat of hearing a lovely Kou Shibasaki song over the closing credits! I absolutely loved this great film and recommend it very highly.
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