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

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.


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 exist in the world.



  • 1975 Kinema Junpo Award[1]
    • 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[2]
    • Diploma (Yoshitaro Nomura)
    • Nominated for Golden Prize (Yoshitaro Nomura).


  1. ^ IMDB award listing.
  2. ^ "9th Moscow International Film Festival (1975)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-01-06.

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