This movie was made coincide with the most celebrated mystery writer's 100th Birthday from Japan - Edogawa Rampo (1894-1965) The pseudonym was trying to sound like "Edgar Allan Poe".
The movie was originally shot by Rintaro Mayazumi, but after the producer Kazuyoshi Okuyama saw Mayazumi's version, Okuyama thought the movie has lack a lot of things, so later Okuyama (who has never made movie in his life!) re-shot about 70% of the movie, and the only version everyone sees today.
The movie soundtracks (composed by Akira Senju) was way over-sweet and too dramatic, but I think Czech Philharmonic Orchestra did great performance on their part.
I highly recommend this movie.