by Chris MaGee
Back in March word broke on Japanese entertainment sites about a new drama titled “Samayou Yaiba” that I found intriguing. Based on the best-selling 2004 novel Keigo Higashino the film stars Akira Terao (Half a Confession, Casshern) as Shigeki Nagamine, a nuclear engineer who suffers every parent's worst nightmare when his 15-year-old daughter is brutally murdered. Here's the crux of the story though - Nagamine's daughter was killed by a group of teenage boys, boys young enough to be protected as juveniles under Japanese law. Nagamine is forced to do what most fathers in this situation would at least dream of doing, seeking revenge for his daughter's death.
Now, "Samayou Yaiba" isn't a guns, machismo and explosions kind of revenge film. As you can see from the teaser trailer that's been posted over at the film's official website director Shoichi Mashiko is going for a much more moody and just plain tragic feel to the story. Hopefully we'll see a full trailer before "Samayou Yaiba" is screened at the Montreal World Film Festival later this month.
Thanks to Nippon Cinema for the heads up on this.