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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Lakeside Murder Case

I have to say I was somewhat disappointed with Lakeside Murder Case, directed by Shinji Aoyama (Eureka). The first half is a very tense story about the murder of a man's mistress. Mr. Namiki (Kôji Yakusho) meets his wife at a prestigious school where their daughter, Minako (Hiroko Yakushimaru), is applying. Two other couples and their children are also staying the weekend at the isolated school. When Namiki's mistress shows up and winds up murdered, the three couples frantically try and hide the dead body before the school's instructor can find out.

Unfortunatly, in the second half, the plot's twists are strained and predictable. But the main problem is that this film is clearly an indictment of Japan's overly competitive education system. Toward the end, the film becomes very heavy-handed and didactic, and, in effect, rather insulting toward it's audience.

Poor -- Fair -- GOOD-- Very Good -- Excellent


  • I believe there was a Three's Company episode of a similar nature --- Mr. Furley overhears Janet say that "she could just kill Jack." Furley takes this as a literal threat, whereas Janet was simply mad at Jack for eating the last piece of pie. Furely obsesses over whether or not he should call the police. Instead, he dons Sherlock Holmes gear and tries to solve the mystery himself. Furley panics when Jack is missing for several days. However, he does not realize that Jack is simply on vacation. The mayhem climaxes (a la Scooby Doo episode) when Jack comes back from vacation just as the police are arresting Janet. All's well that ends well!

    By Blogger PM3, at 4:11 AM  

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