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Zero Focus (2004)

Yoshiko Kuga , Hizuru Takachiho , Yoshitar˘ Nomura  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yoshiko Kuga, Hizuru Takachiho, Ineko Arima, K˘ji Nanbara, K˘ Nishimura
  • Directors: Yoshitar˘ Nomura
  • Writers: Seich˘ Matsumoto, Shinobu Hashimoto, Y˘ji Yamada
  • Producers: Ichinosuke Hozumi, Shigeru Wakatsuki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KPHU6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zero Focus" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Selected director filmography
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Liner notes by film critic and author Ed Halter (The Village Voice)

Editorial Reviews

From Yoshitaro Nomura, the director of The Incident and Castle of Sand, comes the compelling mystery, Zero Focus (Zero no Shoten), in which a young woman hides a dark secret from those around her with devastating consequences. Photographed in moody black and white in near documentary style and based on a bestselling novel by Seicho Matsumoto, one of Japan's most famous mystery writers, Zero Focusis a brooding tale of intrigue and suspense that will hold the viewer spellbound until the final shocking minutes.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Case of the MIssing Husband July 11, 2005
This is a pretty good movie--filmed in a style similar to "Under the Flag of the Rising Sun"
Newlyweds- Teiko and Kenichi--are married for a week when Kenichi disappears without a trace-and we are shown Teiko's attempts to discover what happened and how.
She finds that her husband was an ex-policeman involved with prostitutes-is there a connection to this and his disappearance?
Soon her brother-in-law is poisoned--and another young woman commits suicide--apparently, after the suicide of her common law husband. Through a maze of false leads and disinformation-Teiko finally discovers what happened to her husband and how!
A very good mystery--my only complaint being that some of the transitions between scenes are a little too abrupt. All in all---a very good movie--well worth watching! Yoshiko Kuga does an excellent job as the abandoned wife!
Black & White--with sub-titles!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful December 23, 2011
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This is not a "dim copy" of anything. The movie might be in black and white, but its psychological analysis is expertly done with many shades of grey. One of the best winter movies ever. The snow sits on top of the buildings in this movie almost as heavy as the moral burdens oppressing its characters. Much more memorable - in terms of shots - than any Hitchcock movie. Don't miss it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully gripping suspense drama January 17, 2005
Nicely acted, beautifully shot, intense drama. Brilliantly brings to life Seicho Matsumoto's story in true Hitchcockian style. Never a false step.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Allegoric Writer July 9, 2010
Matsumoto Seicho is not simple detective story author. He is archaeologist, art history expert, anthropologist, above all his story has always allegoric meaning. In this story Zero Focus, main event happen between Tokyo and Hokuriku district especially at Noto peninsula. Toyama bay of Noto Peninsula is very well known as Mirage. The title of this story, one of the word "Focus" represents "Light", because Light is always connected such as camera equipment. Eventually "Zero Focus"'s allegoric meaning is obviously "missing person". Based on this idea of Seicho, I myself wrote a book "The Light Theater opened to Universe" . The relation between painter Vermeer and Noto Peninsula. As you know, Vermeer is called as "Light Magician". My book is as below, a lot of picture and figure included. But it is Japanese book. However I can help you to send you english summary and advice of e-mail from me. [...]
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A DIM COPY OF AMERICAN NOIR MYSTERIES April 15, 2008
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They got the look right. In fact, it's a explicit lift of the the film noir of the 40's and 50's. But there's no mystery here, just a string of events to lull the viewer to sleep, capped by a jumbled explanation of mundane events.

Not unlike Nomura's THE CASTLE OF SAND. Take two to sleep.
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