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Zero Focus (1961)

Zero no shôten (original title)
Teiko's new husband disappears on a business trip. She discovers a pair of mysterious postcards hidden away in a book that may be clues to his fate.

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Yoshitarô Nomura
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yoshiko Kuga ... Teiko Uhara
Hizuru Takachiho ... Sachiko Murota
Ineko Arima ... Hisako Tanuma
Kôji Nanbara Kôji Nanbara ... Kenichi Uhara
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Sotaro Uhara
Sadako Sawamura Sadako Sawamura ... Mrs. Sotaro Uhara
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Mr. Murota
Tatsuo Nagai Tatsuo Nagai ... Lt. Kitamura
Mutsuko Sakura Mutsuko Sakura
Takanobu Hozumi Takanobu Hozumi ... Mr. Honda
Hisao Toake Hisao Toake ... Saeki
Masao Oda Masao Oda
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki
Toyo Takahashi ... Mrs. Okazaki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isao Arase Isao Arase
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Storyline

Kenichi and Teiko Uhara are one week newlyweds. Promoted to his company Hakuho Ad Agency's Tokyo headquarters, Kenichi heads on a short business trip back to Kanazawa, where he was that branch office's manager, to wrap up his business there, leaving Teiko alone in Tokyo to unpack their apartment. Although he is reported to have left Kanazawa to head back to Tokyo on the day planned, he doesn't come home on the scheduled day, without anyone in his and Teiko's personal life or his business colleagues knowing what happened to him. In addition to the police who Teiko notifies about her husband's disappearance, Teiko is assisted intermittently in trying to locate Kenichi by her mother, Kenichi's brother and sister-in-law, and Mr. Honda, who was a subordinate of Kenichi's at the Kanazawa branch office and its new manager. Teiko realizes through her early investigation that she knows little of Kenichi's life, especially nothing of his friends and colleagues in Kanazawa. This lack of ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

19 March 1961 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Reflected in the car windows when Mrs. Matsura drives away near the end. See more »

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Teiko Uhara: [Last lines - narrating] The questions and mysteries that brought me here have all been resolved. But they've left something larger in my heart: An awe for life, with its breadth and depth too vast to comprehend. Like this northern sea, bottomless and never ending, like the sea of sorrow we carry in our hearts.
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It Grips You
15 May 2008 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This is a taut mystery about a newlywed couple where the husband disappears on a last business trip. His wife Teiko tries to retrace his steps by traveling to northern Japan to find him. Along the way, she finds out things about him that surprise her, but also make her realize how little she knows him (they were only married one week before he disappeared). The plot thickens over time and you find out little revelations along the way. I found this movie to be very well put together, it doesn't bore you. The acting is uniformly good and the best thing is that it is in black and white. That actually enhances the film, especially as the little twists in the story unfold. If you're a fan of mystery/film noir, you'll like this.


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