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The Castle of Sand (1974)

Suna no utsuwa (original title)
Detectives investigate the murder of an old man found in a Tokyo rail yard.

Director:

Yoshitarô Nomura
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsurô Tanba ... Detective Imanishi
Gô Katô Gô Katô ... Eiryo Waga
Kensaku Morita Kensaku Morita ... Detective Yoshimura
Yôko Shimada ... Reiko
Karin Yamaguchi Karin Yamaguchi ... Sachiko
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Waga's Father
Kazuhide Haruta Kazuhide Haruta ... Motoura Hideo
Chishû Ryû ... Kirihara
Junko Natsu Junko Natsu ... Akiko, hostess at Cabaret Bonuru
Seiji Matsuyama Seiji Matsuyama ... Miki's Son
Taketoshi Naitô Taketoshi Naitô ... Search section chief
Masumi Harukawa Masumi Harukawa ... Naka Sumie, woman at fan shop
Yoshio Inaba Yoshio Inaba ... Search chief clerk
Tokue Hanazawa Tokue Hanazawa ... Miki's colleague in flashback
Taiji Tonoyama ... Publican at Ebisu
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Storyline

Detectives investigate the murder of an old man found in a Tokyo rail yard.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Castle of Sand See more »

Filming Locations:

Ebisu, Naniwa, Osaka, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Doesn't get the attention it deserves
8 December 2006 | by Drucilla_BlackSee all my reviews

I saw "The Castle of Sand" at a Japanese Film Festival this year in Sydney, and I must say that I'm surprised that this movie isn't better known as it's so beautifully made and incredibly moving...It's one of those near-perfect gems that are few and far between. It's a fairly long movie at nearly 2.5 hours, but the movie is one that draws you in very quickly and keeps you wondering up until the very end.

The plot centres around the mysterious murder of Miki, a retired policeman in his 60's who was well-liked by pretty much everyone who knew him for his kindness and integrity. Two detectives, one a rookie and one fairly older, are assigned to the case and what at first seems like three unrelated stories slowly weave together to reveal the reasons and the person behind Miki's death. Even if you're not a fan of foreign movies, "The Castle of Sand" is still definitely worth a watch.


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