Reiko Himekawa investigates a homicide involving the murder of a gang member. The police suspect the murder came about from gang disputes, but evidence is lacking and the case is deadlocked. A phone call arrives and the caller claims Kento Yanai is the murderer. A superior officer informs Reiko not to investigate Kento Yanai. Reiko becomes suspicious and investigates the man on her own. She then meets high ranking gang member Isao Makita. They investigate the case together and become attracted to each other. Add Synopsis In Portuguese
Cast & Credits
A high budget production with a great and well-acted cast and fantastic cinematography. The film is shot beautifully, a far cry from a network television budget, and as someone has mentioned before, really plays up the darkness and vengefulness in Reiko. Tonally, the film is much more grim, and the conclusion complements that.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Strawberry Night SP and the series, and although I enjoyed this movie as a standalone, I felt that it offered no closure to any of the character arcs. I understand that it's a film and that the story's supposed to be tightly woven. I also understand that there's another SP after this that I've yet to see, so maybe the film isn't even supposed to be the end.
Perhaps others may feel differently, but I wasn't very happy with the outcomes in the film because of their inconsistencies with the series. Things came to end but I felt as though nothing was resolved, which is why it works as its own movie but I would rate it much lower as a sequel.
Anyway, that being said, I did enjoy the movie. It had great action sequences and it was well paced. I do agree that the timeline was a bit out of whack but I was engaged throughout and didn't feel that anything was excessively contrived.