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film writing by nicholas vroman

Lost Crime – Senkou / ロストクライム -閃光

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Director Shunya Ito has had a long but sparse career beginning with 1970s pinku outings to his 1985 award-winning portrait of an Alzheimer’s victim, Gray Sunset. He turns to a new genre with Lost Crime. Building a fiction around a real heist, the unsolved 300 million yen robbery that captivated Japan in 1968, Lost Crime posits a possible trajectory and resolution.  Couched as a cop buddy movie, Lost Crime begins 34 years later with the finding of a dead body floating in the Sumida River. A web of connections lead a pair of detectives to a group of former student revolutionaries and a massive cover-up by the Tokyo police department. The plot has enough twists and turns, great flashback scenes evoking the youthful fervor of the 60s, a wonderful and seasoned set of character actors and an engaging storyline. Eiji Okuda is great as a sort of Japanese Columbo, hard-boiled and endearing at the same time. However, Dai Watanabe as his young and green sidekick derails the whole affair with his incessant mugging and unbearably overblown emotionalizing.

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Written by Nicholas Vroman

June 1, 2010 at 1:07 am

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