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Unfair The Answer (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Shinohara Ryoko (Actor) | Sato Koichi (Actor) | Omori Nao (Actor) | Yamada Takayuki (Actor)
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Shinohara Ryoko is back as one of Japan’s toughest female cops in Unfair: The Answer. After tackling a tough hostage situation in Unfair The Movie, Detective Yukihara now becomes embroiled in a serial murder case and ends up being framed as the prime suspect. Taking over as director for the first time in the franchise, screenwriter Sato Shimako (K-20) creates a complex narrative that includes a murder mystery, a battle between prosecutors and the police, and even a conspiracy thriller that reaches the highest levels of government. All of this adds up to the biggest – and the most dangerous – case Yukihara has ever faced!

After the hospital hostage incident in Unfair The Movie, tough-talking detective Yukihara Natsumi (Shinahara Ryoko) is transferred to Hokkaido. While she is adjusting to the new environment, her former colleagues in Tokyo begin investigating a series of brutal murders. In the process, they find the fingerprints of Yukihara’s ex-husband Kazuo (Kagawa Teruyuki) on one of the victims, turning him into a suspect. Now on the run, Kazuo manages to find Yukihara and hands her a USB drive containing information about a secret organization within the police force. After the meeting, Yukihara is suddenly arrested as another prime suspect in the case. Now, Yukihara may have to rely on Tokyo prosecutor Murakami (Yamada Takayuki) to prove her innocence.

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Product Title: Unfair The Answer (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 非關正義 終極編 (2011) (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 非关正义 终极编 (2011) (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) Unfair The Answer (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Unfair The Answer (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Shinohara Ryoko (Actor) | Sato Koichi (Actor) | Omori Nao (Actor) | Yamada Takayuki (Actor) | Kato Masaya (Actor) | Terajima Susumu (Actor) | Abe Sadao (Actor) | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Sato Shimako 篠原涼子 (Actor) | 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 大森南朋 (Actor) | 山田孝之 (Actor) | 加藤雅也 (Actor) | 寺島進 (Actor) | 阿部貞夫 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 佐藤嗣麻子  篠原凉子 (Actor) | 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 大森南朋 (Actor) | 山田孝之 (Actor) | 加藤雅也 (Actor) | 寺岛进 (Actor) | 阿部贞夫 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 佐藤嗣麻子  篠原涼子 (Actor) | 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 大森南朋 (Actor) | 山田孝之 (Actor) | 加藤雅也 (Actor) | テラジマススム (Actor) | 阿部サダヲ (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 佐藤嗣麻子 Shinohara Ryoko (Actor) | Sato Koichi (Actor) | Omori Nao (Actor) | Yamada Takayuki (Actor) | Kato Masaya (Actor) | Terajima Susumu (Actor) | Abe Sadao (Actor) | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Sato Shimako
Director: Sato Shimako 佐藤嗣麻子  佐藤嗣麻子  佐藤嗣麻子 Sato Shimako
Writer: Takehiko Hata 秦建日子 秦建日子 秦 建日子 Takehiko Hata
Release Date: 2012-08-30
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031343282

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Director: Sato Shimako

After detective Natsumi Yukihira (Ryoko Shinohara) brings an end to the police hospital terrorist case (storyline took place in "Unfair: The Movie"), Natsumi is transferred to the Nishimonbetsu Police Station in Hokkaido. Meanwhile, a series of grotesque murders occurs in downtown Tokyo involving nails placed in the body of the victims. The fingerprint of Natsumi's ex-husband, freelancer journalist Kazuo Sato (Teruyuki Kagawa), is found on the the body of a victim and Kazuo is placed on the most wanted list. Soon after, Kazuo finds Natsumi and hands her a USB memory stick. The device contains information on a secret organization within the police department. Kazuo tells Natsumi that the series of murders are warnings and suspects become the next victims. Natsumi is then arrested as a suspect. Tokyo prosecutor Katsuaki Murakami (Takayuki Yamada) appears at the Nishimonbetsu Police Station to investigate.
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Professional Review of "Unfair The Answer (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 25, 2012

This professional review refers to Unfair The Answer (2011) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
The popular Japanese Unfair franchise continues with Unfair: The Answer, the latest big screen outing based upon the popular Fuji Television female police series, adapted from the novels by author Hata Takehiko. Following on from Unfair: The Movie in 2007 and various made for television features and specials, the film again sees actress Shinohara Ryoko in the lead role as the hard drinking Detective Yukihara, with other cast members also returning and with regular series screenwriter Sato Shimako (K-20) directing as well as scripting.

The drama continues where Unfair: The Movie left off, with Yukihara having been transferred to a police station on Hokkaido, living a quiet life and carrying on a relationship with colleague Ichijo (Satô Kôichi). Her past catches up with her again when suspects from previous cases turn up dead in a series of nasty nail gun murders, leading to the killing of her ex-husband Kazuo (Kagawa Teruyuki). After her own fingerprints are found on the murder weapon, Yukihara is labelled as the prime suspect and is arrested, escaping with the help of Tokyo prosecutor Murakami (Yamada Takayuki) and going on the run in the hope of clearing her name. As more victims turn up it seems as if the murders are linked to a USB stick containing data about police corruption, leading Yukihara to suspect a far-reaching and sinister conspiracy in the corridors of power.

Thankfully, for anyone unfamiliar with the franchise, Unfair: The Answer kicks off with a scene setting prologue which outlines the events to date and fleshes out the characters (containing spoilers and meaning of course that any viewers interested in back tracking should probably just start with the television series or first film). As a result, it's not too hard to get into the swing of things, and the film works well enough as a standalone feature, though obviously fans are likely to get a lot more out of the drama and relationships between the characters.

While its conspiracy aspect is more than a little confusing, the plot itself is solid, its mixture of detective procedural and serial killer traditions making for a few surprises along the way. Perhaps inevitably the film does at times feel episodic and like an extended version of the television show, though this does allow for a more measured approach that makes the film feel a little different to other more by the numbers big screen genre efforts. Of course, the downside to this is that in resembling the television series, the film arguably shows a lack of ambition and effort, Sato Shimako being content to simply stick to what he knows.

With the film mainly being fan-service however, this probably isn't much of a criticism, and Sato certainly plays to the tried and tested strengths of the franchise, chiefly by keeping the focus on series heroine Yukihara. Shinohara Ryoko is undeniably great in the lead role, carrying the film and helping to make her detective a compelling and sympathetic protagonist, the script thankfully never pushing her too far in the Dirty Harry direction despite her tough and unconventional methods. This having been said, the film does get a touch perverse at times, and certainly puts her through the wringer, the serial killer angle leading to a few unpleasant scenes. Again in-keeping with the film's television origins, Sato never works in anything too nasty or over the top, being more concerned with plot and dialogue than thrills, and though there are a few flashes of action he keeps things grounded. This does mean that the film can be a bit slow going at times, though in its favour there's generally plenty going on and enough scheming to hold the interest.

Unfair: The Answer comes as a very straightforward recommendation to fans of the series, serving up more of the same in an efficient, if unambitious manner. The film should still be entertaining enough for viewers looking for a hard edged female cop drama, and whilst Sato Shimako's direction is workmanlike and lacking in imagination throughout he at least never actually gets anything wrong or undermines his heroine.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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