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On the night of her police university graduation, Hamanaka Natsume’s younger brother dies in an accident she caused. Blaming herself and having lost her eyesight in the accident, she gives up on being a police officer. Three years later, Natsume, still unable to forgive herself for the events of that night, is walking home at night when she hears a car hit something. She rushes to the car and hear's a young girl's voice asking for help. Natsume has a suspicion that the girl might have been a kidnapping victim. She reports what happened to the police who drop the case citing a lack of evidence. Natsume does not give up there and pursues the case herself in hopes of finding the girl. Through the testimony of a high school-aged skateboarder caught in the fender bender, Natsume comes to realise there may be a serial kidnapper at large. (Source: AsianWiki; edited by MyDramaList) Edit Translation

  • English
  • 中文(台灣)
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2019
  • Duration: 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 273 users)
  • Ranked: #4659
  • Popularity: #10019
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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hurudnas
11 people found this review helpful
Sep 3, 2020
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Overall 7.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 4.0

A worthy remake

Blind Witness is the Japanese remake of the Korean movie "Blind". For those of you who enjoyed the original movie or the Chinese remake, I can recommend this one!

Although it's not even close to as good as the original it's still an enjoyable movie that feels like it's own thing instead of just another remake. The way the movie introduces the main character and her backstory creates a very good base for the rest of the story.

It’s always hard to make relatable characters that feels real in a thriller movie due to the nature of the genre and the limited time, but the characters in Blind Witness are definitely likeable enough. Be warned though that, as with many thrillers, the characters will make frustrating decisions at times.

Even though some scenes felt a bit underwhelming and left me disappointed, Blind Witness still has a very nice suspenseful feeling going for it throughout the movie and is definitely worth a watch!

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Izzu162
1 people found this review helpful
Mar 1, 2022
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
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I guess it's a fine remake

Since I was on a roll and found out that Blind had a remake (actually there were two more but I haven't watched the Chinese or the Hindi one), I thought that I might as well watch this remake as well. Since I'm no stranger to seeing remake of Korean movies or dramas into Japanese (and vice versa) I do get curious as to how the remake would turn out. Especially as Japanese remakes do try to give their own spin to the shows they were based on. But since I've already seen the original, it's unavoidable that there will be some comparison to the original.

Like the original movie, Blind Witness also deals with a serial kidnapper who killed unsuspecting women and crossed paths with a blind woman and a young boy who ended up witnessing his deeds. Safe to say on that level, the original and remake share a common trait. But aside from that, this movie was as different to the original as it was similar.

For starters, this remake showed us a bit more of Natsume's former life as she undergoes several trainings as an officer. Unlike Soo-ah who we're already introduced as a police officer in-training, we barely get to see what she's like before aside from a childhood memory and a past recording of her university admission with her family. In contrast, the remake didn't really show much about Daiki before he died aside from Natsume dragging him home from an outing with his friends and the sequence leading up to the accident. The relation between the two were also different. While Soo-ah and Donghyun weren't actual siblings, Natsume and Daiki were. The same can be said for their mother. The accidents that killed the younger brother was also different. The accident in the original was much more traumatic and tragic to Soo-ah but in this remake the accident played out to be much more simplified. In both cases, Soo-ah and Natsume blamed themselves for their brother's death though Soo-ah was expelled from university while Natsume quit.

The circumstances in which the witnesses cross paths with the killer were also different. Unlike Soo-ah, Natsume wasn't targeted by the killer; and instead of a hit-and-run case, the victim was already being kidnapped in the car as Haruma ended up being the one who was almost hit by a car. While in the original the police had reacted much quicker after finding out that a missing case coincide with a statement given by Soo-ah, in this remake, the realisation that this is a criminal case happened much more slower due to the different setting in which the missing cases were unknown to the public. Social media also was much more prominent in this remake as the original dealt with a much more conventional method of gathering information as well as conventional media reporting. Unlike the original, Natsume and Haruma did a lot more investigation by themselves instead of aiding/leaving it to the police. And the biggest difference of all would be the kidnapper himself. While the general MO of the killer still remained the same, the identity of the killer was different. The murders were different as well: in the original it was a typical serial kidnapping and murder while in this remake, the murders were actually a copycat murder from another closed case involving kidnapping and ritualistic murders.

Nevertheless, there was still some elements and plot devices that remained the same. Although the order of events and outcomes were written differently, there were still some familiar scenes. Mainly the killer's attempt to kill the secondary witness, the confrontation between the killer and the first investigator, the chase at the subway station and the final confrontations between the killers and the two witnesses.

Regardless, this remake had its own charm too. Though if you have seen the original movie, this remake may feel a bit underwhelming for you. In any case, it's been a long while since I saw any of Mahhi's recent acting works since his Gaim days. so it's a pleasure to see him in this movie.

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  • Movie: Blind Witness
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2019
  • Duration: 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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  • Ranked: #4659
  • Popularity: #10019
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