By Seiji IZUMI

TOEI COMPANY, LTD. - as SALES All rights, World

Thriller - Completed 2016

The popular Kiyoshi Mitarai series selling over 5.5 million copies come to silver screen. Kiyoshi Mitari, a brain scientist, gets interested in unidentified six dead bodies washed ashore on a small island. Mitarai heads to the island and trys to figure out the mystery of the dead and related murders

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Thriller, Crime
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 124 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Seiji IZUMI
    • Writer(s)
    • Producer(s)
    • Kanjiro SAKURA (Crossmedia Inc.)
    • Synopsis
    • With a brilliant analytical mind, Kiyoshi Mitarai is a brain scientist with a perchance for cracking mysteries. After giving a university lecture one day, he is approached by a publishing company editor, Miyuki Ogawa, who comes bearing newspaper headlines to unsolved mysteries in hopes of providing insights to a mystery writer named Ishioka who bases his books on Mitarai’s real-life investigations. But Mitarai’s eyes stop on a headline that reads: “Corpse Island.”

      Mitarai and Miyuki immediately board a boat for Gogo Island in the Seto Inland Sea where six bodies have been found in the past half year, prompting Mitarai to declare: “The killer is this remarkable sea!” These currents, dubbed “The Clockwork Sea”, had carried the corpses from a “someplace” to the island.

      Pinpointing “someplace” to the mainland city of Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture, Mitarai secures the cooperation of a local police chief Kuroda and begins his investigation. He quickly encounters, however, a number of disturbing cases: a mutilated foreign woman (Case 2) and the Ibi family kidnapping and child murder (Case 3). On top of that, the community is all abuzz over the spotting of a mythical creature, a water dragon called “Suiryu”, and a Saikyo Institute of Science and Industry president named Makita who is seriously bent on capturing the creature to display in an aquarium planned for construction.

      Meanwhile, strange things start occurring around Fukuyama Municipal College associate professor Kanako Takizawa ever since she began investigating an unearthed manuscript from centuries ago entitled “Seiro” (lit. Star Basket), pertaining to a feudal clan leader named Masahiro Abe. When Kanako is assaulted by a band of Southeast Asian foreigners, Mitarai expands his pursuit to include them and the “Seiro” mystery.

      Slowly but surely, Mitarai’s superhuman deductive powers begin to unravel a complicated web of seemingly disparate and unrelated events, giving rise to a profile of a well-hidden killer. What truths do the three clockwork sea incidents hide and do they dovetail with the “Seiro” riddle buried in feudal history? Mitarai’s peerless mind is about to bring clarity to an entanglement of mystery with some shocking revelations.