A man named Gates heads a mysterious group called “Shinbunshi” who don newspaper masks and post internet videos informing the public of their crimes of justice against people they deem guilty of things not punishable by law. Meanwhile, Erika Yoshino, an elite inspector from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s cyber crime division attempts to track down the members of Shinbunshi and put a stop to their crimes. However, the group gradually begins to win over the support of the public with their videos.
Based on the manga 'Yokokuhan' by Tsutsui Tetsuya.
Cast & Credits
- Ikuta Toma"Gates" Okuda HiroakiMain Role
- Toda ErikaYoshino Erika [cybercrime division member]Main Role
- Hamada Gaku"Nobita" Kimura KouichiSupport Role
- Arakawa Yoshiyoshi"Metabo" Terahara ShinichiSupport Role
- Suzuki Ryohei"Kansai" Kasai TomohikoSupport Role
- Sakaguchi KentaroIchikawa Manabu [cybercrime division member]Support Role
the story and the writing is indeed incredible, though, and it makes me understand why no summary can really sell this movie's full potential. if the crime/thriller aspect does not already intrigue you, then i think you should know that it is also about life and the hardships you'll face. i can't say much without posting spoilers, but the message this movie sends is a message that i think can really change people and is a message that i hope people can relate to and/or understand.
along with the great story and writing, the acting was also fantastic. i didn't see any major flaws in any of the acting and i'm very pleased with the cast because i think if there was any sort of change, the movie would not be as successful as it is.
i honestly dont remember any of the music, but i'm sure it was great.
i definitely would rewatch this and i actually would very much like to own this on DVD. it has easily become one of my favorite movies.
the only reason i do not give this movie a complete 10 is because there is a scene or two that can be kind of hard to stomach, but ig it was more of a "i'm on a plane so i really wouldn't want to see some onlookers seeing this" so i skipped them lol
Now that being said, I’m going to dive into more details about the film without the spoilers.
The whole story line is about one unfortunate guy who tries to make a difference with the use of the World Wide Web and the perks of anonymity that comes with it. This guy remains anonymous because he wears a newspaper to cover his face while he stirs up the police, the government and most of all the netizens. The film will show some graphic and violent things done in the internet using live streaming and might be disturbing, but don’t let this get too much inside your head because this is not about the rated PG stuff, this is about something more, it is about a message being sent and interpreted by different people. Besides the icky stuff would only last for a couple of seconds in intermittent scenes. The film may seem slow and frustrating at times but the fact that you have to watch it until the end to appreciate whatever is currently happening, makes all 1 hour and 59 minutes of screen time worth it.
Music wise, it wasn’t as memorable to me since I was too engrossed with the story and what was happening for me to mind the background music much. Cinematography wise, there’s nothing much to be appreciated since most of the scenes took place in a room or being projected via the internet. Sub characters though are worth mentioning. I give my kudos to Toda Erika for being such a hard ass detective in this film even though she didn’t do much running or fighting, I still liked her. Heh. The fact that she’s still a tough nut in the middle of a male dominated environment, this did not deter her from doing her job. Then there are these other guys, the friends of the main character. I want to pinpoint my favorite among the three, but I can’t. I liked all guys equally because they had their own charm. Suzuki Ryohei as Kansai with his tall stocky looking body but with a heart of gold, while Arakawa Yoshiyoshi named Metabo is the fat bellied guy who seems too timid when it comes to authority figures but definitely can retaliate when needed and lastly Hamada Gaku as Nobita with his eye glasses and his dream to have girlfriend. I find that dream kind of cute and yet endearing making him the most vulnerable looking guy in the bunch. But overall, I think I liked each of them on the get go.
I recommend this film to those who would want to watch something with a more interesting story line.