Film

Zero Focus
FILM

Zero Focus

ゼロの焦点 (Zero no shoten)
U.S. Premiere
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Zero Focus © 2009 DENTSU / Toho Co., Ltd. / TV ASAHI CORPORATION / KINOSHITA CO., LTD. / The Asahi Shimbun / NIPPON SHUPPAN HANBAI / Yahoo Japan / TOKYO FM Broadcasting / Asahi Broadcasting / AGOYA BROADCASTING NETWORK / IMJ Entertainment / TSUTAYA Group / FLaMme / Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting / Hokkaido Television Broadcasting / HOKURIKU ASAHI BROADCASTING / Hiroshima Home Television / ehime asahi television. All Rights Reserved.

2009, 130 min., 35 mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Isshin Inudou. With Hidetoshi Nishijima, Ryoko Hirosue, Miki Nakatani, Tae Kimura, Takeshi Kaga.

A stellar remake of the classic 1961 Yoshitaro Nomura film (based on the bestselling novel by Seicho Matsumoto) and the closest Japanese film in years to an Alfred Hitchcock picture, with a Douglas Sirk edge. Ryoko Hirosue plays Teiko, a newlywed who's investigating the sudden disappearance of her husband, Kenichi (Hidetoshi Nishijima), after he fails to return from a business trip. As she unravels the mystery surrounding his disappearance she uncovers evidence that he was not the man she thought had married. Soon, she learns that her beloved husband was close to two fascinating women: elegant provincial aristocrat Sachiko (Miki Nakatani) and company receptionist Hisako (Tae Kimura).

This postwar Japan mystery thriller boasts an all-star female cast: nothing less than the top three Japanese female actresses of the moment--Ryoko Hirosue (Departures), Tae Kimura (All Around Us) and Miki Nakatani (Memories of Matsuko)--whose star power and superb acting make this one of the most outstanding works of the year.

Part of Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema

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