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The Brain Man (2013)

Nô Otoko (original title)
A not-too-bright cop searches for a serial bomber.


Tomoyuki Takimoto


Urio Shudô (based on the novel by), Katsuhiko Manabe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Fumi Nikaidô ... Noriko
Shôta Sometani ... Shimura
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Yôsuke Eguchi ... Cop
Renji Ishibashi
Yukiyoshi Ozawa
Tôma Ikuta Tôma Ikuta ... Ichiro Suzuki
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Kuroda
Isao Natsuyagi
Rina Ohta Rina Ohta ... Yuria
Masahiro Kômoto
Misaki Saisho Misaki Saisho
Kensuke Ohwada Kensuke Ohwada ... Hirono


A series of bombings occur and police track a lead, where they find the male protagonist Ichiro Suzuki and believe he is somehow involved. After psychiatric evaluation and rigorous questioning, the man is found to be emotionally vacant, highly intelligent with a savant-like photographic memory, physically strong and unable to feel any pain. The female lead who plays psychiatrist Mariko Mashiya is intrigued and attempts to discover what and how he came to this state, fueled by her own past personal tragedy and determination to seek the truth. Is he the psychopath they are all looking for? Written by Kelvin T

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Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

9 February 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Interesting Japanese mystery/thriller/drama
27 December 2013 | by alalchemicalSee all my reviews

I'm a fan Asian horror movies and thrillers, I always check out new releases. The Brain Man is one of those movies that are based on novels or manga that is as I noticed the trend now in Japanese flicks. There have been lesser Japanese horror films being released that the country is commonly known for, but instead more thrillers are being made (reminds me of a lot of great South Korean thrillers). That is just my observation, by the way. If they're producing these thrillers, fans would expect Japan to do it better or at least as good as those of South Korea.

The Brain Man is not a disappointment. It's slow-paced but the build-up is great. The story is very intriguing and I liked it a lot. It is more of a mystery indeed, but there are a lot of explosions (literal), murder, and cops here so this would qualify as a thriller. There are also a few count of psychos here to complete the story. The so-called Brain Man's character is incredibly acted by Toma Ikuta. Others are good actors as well. Enough said. I recommend not reading the plot or watching the subtitled trailer beforehand for a pleasant surprise.

The time I watched this, I also watched after a movie called Platinum Data, which is another Japanese thriller. That time I was having a damn good time. Both are great films!

I recommend watching this excellent flick, and Platinum Data too, but not Miike's Shield of Straw. Hoping to see more movies like these from Japan. Plus more horror movies!

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