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Gukoroku - Traces of Sin (2016)

Gukôroku (original title)
an investigations on murder didn't reach to any results, until a journalist discover new information that get on the trail of the criminal.

Director:

Kei Ishikawa

Writers:

Tokurô Nukui (based on the novel by), Kôsuke Mukai (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Tanaka
Hikari Mitsushima ... Mitsuko
Keisuke Koide ... Takou
Asami Usuda Asami Usuda ... Junko Miyamura
Yui Ichikawa Yui Ichikawa ... Emi Inamura
Tomoya Nakamura ... Ogata
Wakana Matsumoto Wakana Matsumoto ... Yukie Natsuhara
Hidekazu Mashima Hidekazu Mashima ... Watanabe
Mari Hamada ... Ms. Tachibana (lawyer)
Mitsuru Hirata Mitsuru Hirata ... Psychiatrist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miki Hayashida Miki Hayashida
Marika Matsumoto
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Storyline

Magazine reporter TANAKA is granted request to investigate a year old murder case gone cold, where a "perfect" family - a successful businessman, his beautiful wife and adorable child - were brutally murdered. Tanaka interviews acquaintances of the dead but gradually finds out that the family was not exactly ideal as believed, as stories of their true nature unfold. Equally disturbing are the interviewees themselves, each letting loose their own hidden nature. Meanwhile Tanaka himself is burdened when his younger sister Mitsuko is arrested for child abuse. GUKOROKU is a haunting and intense tale of the demons we face every day - inside and out.

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 February 2017 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,096
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Good ending but it took too long to build up to it
13 September 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a journalist in a monthly magazine in Japan. He revisits a story of the gruesome murder of a seemingly perfect family when it is close to the one year anniversary of the murder. He interviews the people who knew the victims, discovering uncomfortable truths of the individuals involved.

"Gukoroku - Traces of Sin" is a slow moving film. The interviews are slow and dialog intense. These interviews and flashbacks reveal the true nature of the victims when they were alive. To be honest, the interviews are not that thrilling or engaging. It gets rather boring towards the middle. However, the last section of the film gradually descends into a exciting and gripping story. The ending seems to be an open ending, insinuating a horrible deed, unless I missed an important clue in the film.

Overall, I think the ending takes a bit too long to build up. It is a good ending, but I have lost interest before the ending to care about it.


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