An elite salary man, his wife and and their child are murdered by an unknown assailant. The case initially made the headlines, but it is now an unsolved case. One year later, Tanaka, a weekly magazine reporter, begins to cover the unsolved murder case and look for the truth. Through an interview with someone who knew the deceased, he learns the murdered couple was far from the ideal couple that they appeared.
Cast & Credits
Tanaka, an investigative journalist for the weekly magazine, recalls his mind after his visit to the prison, covering the Tako family homicide case, which is not resolved for a year. In interviewing the witnesses related to the homicide case, his lawyer asks him about how his sister left her daughter Chihiro alone, with Mitsuko's lack of maternal care, which led to her being in the hospital. The dialogues and stories of each witness slowly reveal the truth about the Tako family ...
A dialogue film between the long characters, rich in detail, while orchestrating each scene accordingly that unravels the mystery behind the unresolved murder case.
A good movie that may shock, every scenario, past and present, of the witnesses are explained in detail without losing any factor related to the unresolved mysterious case. "Trace of Sin" is a brilliant adaptation of the novel, especially in how it captures the detail and depth of the conversations between each character in the story. Highly recommend.
For me, something remarkable in this film is its deliverance wherein lies which molded the beings of two characters that were said to be or known to be the 'perfect' couple on the surface were slowly peeled off of their facade ( when re-investigation came about for the homicide case ). And slowly, we as the viewers get the chance to see the perspective people had of them, their 'real' characteristics or who they are while trying to uncover who killed the family. BUT at the same time, hearing more perspective gets you confused. It is the same with reality, we hear various sides and ideas to a story and it just keeps piling up until the truth is even more covered. It is a film that will make you think until the very end.
I wouldn't say this as something I completely dislike because I decided to pick the film knowing the circumstances, but the theme was dark or heavy for me and can be triggering. So, that's a heads up for those who wishes to try.
Overall though, the acting of Mitsushima Hikari and Tsumabuki Satoshi is always on point and will pull you along the tides of emotion. No doubt about that. The lighting, music, and cinematography were also a great choice for adding to the 'suspense' atmosphere of the film. Also, this is a the type of film you would need to re-watch a couple of times to understand and perhaps get to the answer you're looking for.