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The Man Behind the Scissors

Japan 2005
produced by
Hideki Kama, Tetsuji Hayashi, Atsushi Watanabe, Haruo Sai (executive), Eiichi Watanabe (executive) for Toho, Tohokushinsha, Kobi Film
directed by Toshiharu Ikeda
starring Kumiko Higuchi, Etsushi Toyokawa, Hiroshi Abe, Kenjiro Ishimaru, Terumi Niki, Ayumu Saito, Mizuho Sakata, Minori Terada
screenplay by Toshiharu Ikeda, Masahito Kagawa, based on the novel by Masayuki Shuno, music by Toshiyuki Honda

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Serial killer Yasunaga (Etsushi Toyokawa) and his female sidekick Chinatsu (Kumiko Aso) are roaming the town looking for good little schoolgirls thjey always kill using the same M.O., they stick a pair of scissors into their victims' throats. Then though they stumble over the body of Yukiko (Mitsuho Sakata), their proposed next victim, who was killed using the exact same M.O. that they also use ... thing is, they didn't do it, but they are witnessed finding the body by Hidaka, a bit of a weirdo, and thus Yasunaga and Chinatsu get sucked into a murder (only as witnesses for the time being) they didn't even have anything to do with ...

Cop Isone (Kuji Higuchi) and profiler Horinouchi (Hiroshi Abe) are working on the case, but it is not long before Isone develops a soft spot for Chinatsu.

Eventually the whole film turns topsy turvey: It turns out that Yasunaga is not even real but a figment of Chinatsu's imgaination - he looks like her father who committed suicide before her very eyes -, and it's indeed her who committed all the schoolgirl murders (except for the last one), plus she has serious suicidal tendencies. Hidaka, who is a prime suspect for the last murder has nothing to do with the murders, but is indeed quite mad, to an extent that he eventually kidnaps Chinatsu, of whom he knows she is a murderer ... but before long, Chinatsu has killed him as well. The real killer of Yukiko turns out to be profiler Horinouchi himself who had an affair with the girl, but couldn't accept her breaking up with him. Of course he has long figured out that Chinatsu is indeed the killer, and now he prepares to kill her too, not at all to her dismay, as she has suicidal tendencies anyways ... but in the nick of time she is saved by Isone (but ends up seriously but not fatally injured anyways. In the end, her murders are attributed to Hidaka while Horinouchi is identified as Yukiko's killer ... and utlimately the whole experience ahs stopped her having delusions of her dead father ...

 

A quite clever and at the same time very entertaining thriller fullof exaggerated plottwists that against all odds work just fine in the movie anyways. Only the drawn out ending in which Chinatsu is able to exorcise her inner demons thanks to her experiences seems a bit unnecessary and unbelievable, but other than that a very fine film.

Recommended.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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