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The Inugamis (2006) (DVD) (Japan Version)
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Legendary Japanese director Ichikawa Kon's 1976 film The Inugami Family, a.k.a. Inugamike no Ichizoku, holds a very special place in Japan's long tradition of supernatural suspense. Based on Yokomizo Seishi's epic work, the slow-burning family murder mystery is a highly influential title in the director's celebrated filmography and just about required viewing for Japanese cinema fans. In 2006, the 91-year-old auteur returned to the director's chair for what would be his last film to remake his own most representative work, updating the classic film for contemporary audiences. An uncannily faithful remake of the original film, the unsettling The Inugamis (a.k.a. Murder of the Inugami Clan) delves into a tangled web of murderous lies and deceptions that is tearing apart a wealthy multi-generation family. Ishizaka Koji, who also featured in the original Inugami Family, leads the all-star cast as the famous detective Kindaichi Kosuke.

When tycoon Inugami Sahei (Nakadai Tatsuya) passes away, he unexpectedly leaves the family fortune to outsider Tamayo (Matsushima Nanako, Ring) on the condition that she marry one of the Inugami grandsons - Sukekiyo (Onoe Kikunosuke, 47 Ronin), Suketake (Katsurayama Shingo), or Suketomo (Ikeuchi Mansaku) - pitting blood against blood. Soon afterwards, members of the family begin to turn up dead, one by one. Detective Kindaichi Kosuke (Ishizaka Koji) is called in to investigate the murders, and the truth is slowly revealed as he happens upon years of hidden skeletons and a shocking family secret.

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Product Title: The Inugamis (2006) (DVD) (Japan Version) 犬神家之一族 (2006) (DVD) (日本版) 犬神家之一族 (2006) (DVD) (日本版) 犬神家の一族 The Inugamis (2006) (DVD) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Inugamike no Ichizoku / Inugami Family / Murder of the Inugami Clan Inugamike no Ichizoku / Inugami Family / Murder of the Inugami Clan Inugamike no Ichizoku / Inugami Family / Murder of the Inugami Clan Inugamike no Ichizoku / Inugami Family / Murder of the Inugami Clan Inugamike no Ichizoku / Inugami Family / Murder of the Inugami Clan
Artist Name(s): Ishizaka Koji | Yokomizo Masashi | Matsushima Nanako | Onoe Kikunosuke | Fukada Kyoko | Nakadai Tatsuya | Matsuzaka Keiko | Nagasawa Toshiya | Kato Takeshi | Manda Hisako | Fuji Sumiko | Otaki Hideji | Fuji Jyunko 石坂浩二 | Yokomizo Masashi | 松島菜菜子 | 尾上菊之助 | 深田恭子 | 仲代 達矢 | 松坂慶子 | 永澤俊矢 | Kato Takeshi | 萬田久子 | 富司純子 | 大瀧秀治 | 富司純子 石坂浩二 | Yokomizo Masashi | 松岛菜菜子 | 尾上菊之助 | 深田恭子 | 仲代 达矢 | 松坂庆子 | 永泽俊矢 | Kato Takeshi | Manda Hisako | 富司纯子 | 大泷秀治 | 富司纯子 石坂浩二 | 横溝正史 | 松嶋菜々子 | 尾上菊之助 | 深田恭子 | 仲代達矢 | マツザカケイコ | 永澤俊矢 | 加藤武 | 萬田久子 | 富司純子 | 大滝秀治 | Fuji Jyunko Ishizaka Koji | Yokomizo Masashi | Matsushima Nanako | Onoe Kikunosuke | Fukada Kyoko | Nakadai Tatsuya | Matsuzaka Keiko | Nagasawa Toshiya | Kato Takeshi | Manda Hisako | Fuji Sumiko | Otaki Hideji | Fuji Jyunko
Director: Ichikawa Kon 市川崑 市川昆 市川崑 Ichikawa Kon
Release Date: 2015-10-30
Publisher Product Code: DABA-91069
Language: Japanese
Place 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?
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1045110080

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石坂浩二 / 松嶋菜々子 / 尾上菊之助[五代目] / 市川崑 (監督、脚本) / 横溝正史 (原作)


製作国 : 日本 (Japan)

信州の犬神財閥の創始者・犬神佐兵衛が謎の遺言状を遺し永眠した。血縁者がすべて揃い公開された遺言状には、血を血で洗う争いに一族を駆り立てるかのごとく仕組まれた内容が……。名探偵・金田一耕助は犬神家の血の系譜の裏にある大きな謎を解き明かすことができるのか? そして想像を絶する真実が暴かれることに……!

日本映画界史上、最高のミステリー  金田一さん、事件ですよ——

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Professional Review of "The Inugamis (2006) (DVD) (Japan Version)"

December 1, 2008

This professional review refers to Murder of the Inugami Clan (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Director Kon Ichikawa's 2006 film The Inugamis is an odd production, as it appears to be just a reverent remake of the original 1976 film The Inugami Family that possesses little novelty besides an updated cast and a self-conscious affection for the original. In a rarity, Ichikawa remakes his own film; the veteran director handled the 1976 classic, and his reverent approach to the remake is a bit odd given the current vogue for director's cuts. Many directors consider rewriting history, looking for ways to tinker with their work instead of simply regurgitating it, but Ichikawa pretty much delivers a carbon copy of his original work. Is Ichikawa so happy with The Inugami Family that he doesn't feel the need to improve it in any way?

One thing is certain: he didn't feel the need to improve upon his original actor. Koji Ishizaka reprises the central role of post-World War II detective Kosuke Kindaichi, a character he essayed numerous times throughout the seventies in many films also directed by Ichikawa. Ishizaka brings the same humble charm to the role, though he now has 30 years of lines and heft added to his body. Kindaichi is hired to investigate the rich Inugami family after the death of patriarch Sahei (Tatsuya Nakadai), but things get off to a bad start when Kindaichi spies the beautiful Tamayo (Nanako Matsushima) in a sinking boat in the middle of a lake. Kindaichi rescues her, but the implication is that someone connected to the Inugamis is out for Tamayo's blood. Soon after, the man who hired Kindaichi also dies from an apparent poisoning. Something is clearly rotten in the house of Inugami.

The feeling goes from rotten to just plain murderous when Sahei's will is finally revealed. The will reading occurs at a family gathering, which includes not only Sahei's three daughters (all from different mothers), but also their children, including veteran Sukekiyo, who was disfigured in combat and wears an eerie white mask to hide his hideousness. His relatives suspect that he may not be the real Sukekiyo, but they have other problems, like the revelation that Tamayo is supposed to receive the entire Inugami fortune despite not being a blood-related family member. The deal is that she can share the fortune if she marries one of the Sahei's three grandsons - including the presumably undesirable Sukekiyo - but that option offers little immediate relief. As the family members jockey for the inheritance, an intricate web of lies, adultery, anger, lust, crime, and assorted dark doings is slowly uncovered. Piecing it all together is the affable, clever Kindaichi, constantly scratching his dandruff-afflicted head, cogs spinning all the while.

The original Inugami Family is revered as a classic, not only for its large box-office gross, but for its dark, involving mystery, and tangled web of relationships and motives, which criss-cross into a convincing whole. Since Inugamis features the exact same storyline as the original, the film automatically earns points as a compelling mystery about a dysfunctional post-war Japanese family and its untold secrets. What's questionable is Ichikawa's approach, as the film is not simply a remake, but a virtual shot-for-shot reenactment. Ishikawa takes care to ape his original work, and presents the remake with the same settings, costumes, music, pacing, and even shot framing of the original. There are some differences, including a few different shots, a little more blood, and different dialogue at Kindaichi's farewell, but otherwise, it's like you're watching the exact same film with an entirely different cast. With the exception of Koji Ishizaka, of course.

Does that mean that The Inugamis is automatically a great film? Well, maybe good, but not great. The word "great" should be reserved for the original, which possesses the intrigue of an old-fashioned murder mystery and the unsettling vibe of a classic, suspense-driven horror film. Inugamis is just like The Inugami Family, except that it's not an old film but a new film made to seem like an old one, from pacing to settings to even performance. The actors all seem like they're echoing an old style of melodrama, such that their performances - and the film itself - take on an air of artificiality. This self-consciousness relegates The Inugamis to the realm of cinema curiosity. Those who haven't seen the original can enjoy the story, but may find inadvertent amusement thanks to the film's dated feel. Those who have seen the original can enjoy the remake's obvious reverence, but even then the necessity of the whole exercise may be called into question. Basically, you can look at the film two ways: as a nifty cinema history experiment, or as a needless exercise in cinema regurgitation. Either way, Inugamis has some entertainment value. It won't qualify as a great work in its own right, but as cinema culture kitsch, The Inugamis satisfies.

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

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January 12, 2009

This customer review refers to Murder of the Inugami Clan (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Much better than the original! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I'm not sure there is any precedent for a director doing what Ichikawa Kon has done here: Make a scene-by-scene copy of an old film. Almost nothing has been changed from the original ... and yet everything has changed! I suspect that only a filmmaker with the impeccable reputation of Ichikawa could find backers willing to foot the bill for such a production.

Here's what I wrote about the original 1976 movie: "[T]he film has all of the elements of a classic murder mystery, including a vast family fortune, squabbles over the inheritance, a swiftly rising body count, severed heads, two masked men, an idiosyncratic detective, an incompetent police chief, and a host of characters each with his or her own motive for committing the homicides." (You can see my entire somewhat lukewarm review of he original film elsewhere on the YesAsia website.)

All of those elements remain present in the new film. Indeed, all the original story and the original settings remain intact. The primary thing that has changed is the pace of the movie. To be blunt, the 1976 was too long and it just dragged. In the remake, Ichikawa has trimmed more than 10 minutes from the film and has done so not by cutting scenes, but simply by speeding up the action and dialogue. The effect of this faster pace is dramatic: Everything is energized. The dialogue is snappier, the acting is more intense, the story becomes seamless, and the film rivets the viewer from start to finish. The movie also benefits from improvements in filmmaking technology; it simply looks and sounds better than the original.

If you liked the 1976 movie, then you almost certainly will love this remake. If you haven't yet seen the original, then I encourage you to dive into this thrillingly murderous mystery. You'll be glad you did!
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