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Arty and involving.
Sentimental strings help to relate this drama to Western noir of years ago. But landscape, season and historical context also couple the stylish film to a distinctly Eastern sensibility.
What's most original -- and best -- about Zero Focus is its marvelous atmosphere.
In "Zero Focus, Teiko(Yoshiko Yuga) and Kenichi Uhara(Koji Nanbara) have been married for a week and they are about to settle down in Tokyo. All he has to do before formally transferring there for the ad company where he works is to meet with his successor, Honda(Takanobu Hozumi), and take care of some old business at the branch in Kanazawa. However, five days later, Kenichi has not returned and his brother Sotaro(Ko Nishimura) has not heard from him. So, the company sends Teiko and a company representative to Kanazawa but still no news until they hear from the police...
"Zero Focus" may not be the most vibrant movie ever made, but it works its methodical way in solving a compelling mystery, using a judicious use of jump editing to move around in time and memory. Underlying that mystery is a pointed critique of Japanese society, namely marriage which is necessary for any kind of respectability which seems to be only skin deep, like the advertising Kenichi works on.(On the other hand, any country where you do not need a car to get to the most remote parts cannot be all bad.) For example, there is Teiko who is forced by societal constraints to marry a man she hardly knows(to be honest, nobody seems to know much about Kenichi) or work in menial labor. However, as the movie proves as it goes on, she is a first class detective, as she works to decipher the clues surrounding her husband's disappearance.
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