Castle of Sand

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Castle of Sand
Caste of Sand Poster.jpg
Castle of Sand - Original Japanese Poster Art
Directed byYoshitarō Nomura
Produced byShinobu Hashimoto
Yoshihara Mishima
Masayuki Sato
Written bySeicho Matsumoto (novel)
Yoshitaro Nomura
Shinobu Hashimoto
Yōji Yamada
StarringTetsuro Tamba
Go Kato
Kensaku Morita
Yoko Shimada
Karin Yamaguchi
Shin Saburi
Ken Ogata
Kiyoshi Atsumi
Music byMitsuaki Kanno
Kosuke Sugano
CinematographyTakashi Kawamata
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • October 19, 1974 (1974-10-19)
Running time
143 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Castle of Sand (砂の器, Suna no utsuwa) is a 1974 Japanese police procedural directed by Yoshitarō Nomura, based on the novel Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto.[1]

Plot[edit]

Yoshitaro Nomura's 1974 film of Seicho Matsumoto's immensely popular detective story tells the tale of two detectives, Imanishi (Tetsuro Tamba) and Yoshimura (Kensaku Morita), tasked with tracking down the murderer of an old man, found bludgeoned to death in a rail yard. When the identity of the old man can't be determined, the investigation focuses on the only other clue: a scrap of conversation overheard at a bar between the old man and a younger one. A witness recalls the cryptic phrases "Kameda did this" and "Kameda doesn't change."

This sets off a wide-ranging investigation that covers vast swaths of geography, changing social mores, and time. The investigation ends with an emotional and heartbreaking conclusion, all the more shattering because the reason for the crime need no longer exists in the world.[2]

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 1975 Kinema Junpo Award[3]
    • Best Screenplay (Shinobu Hashimoto and Yōji Yamada)
  • Readers' Choice Award
    • Best Japanese Film Director (Yoshitaro Nomura)
  • 1975 Mainichi Film Concours
    • Best Director (Yoshitaro Nomura)
    • Best Film (Yoshitaro Nomura)
    • Best Film Score (Kosuke Sugano )
    • Best Screenplay (Shinobu Hashimoto and Yōji Yamada)
  • 9th Moscow International Film Festival[4]
    • Diploma (Yoshitaro Nomura)
    • Nominated for Golden Prize (Yoshitaro Nomura).

Other adaptations[edit]

A TV movie remake starring Tatsuya Nakadai as Imanishi and Masakazu Tamura as Waga aired on Fuji TV in 1977 (6 episodes) directed by Takuji Tominaga.[5]

  • Tatsuya Nakadai as Eitaro Imanishi
  • Masakazu Tamura as Eiryo Waga
  • Kyoko Mano as Yukiki Mihara
  • Sen Yamamoto as Hiroshi Yoshimra
  • Tomoko Ogawa as Sachiko Tadokoro
  • Akira Nakao as Shigeo Sekikawa
  • Shinji Ogawa as Kunio Miyata
  • Shokichi Miki as Tsuyoshi Sasaki
  • Emiko Nami as Mieko Miura
  • Ai Kanzaki as Rieko Naruse
  • Eitaro Ozawa as Shigeyoshi Tadokoro

References[edit]

  1. ^ "砂の器とは". kotobank デジタル辞書 kotobank. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ "砂の器". Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  3. ^ IMDB award listing.
  4. ^ "9th Moscow International Film Festival (1975)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  5. ^ "「ドラマ出演で親近感」「残念」砂の器ゆかりの地 田村正和さんしのぶ". The San-in Chuo Shimpo. Retrieved 4 June 2021.

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