Yuko Takeuchi Investigates a complex mystery as Lt. Himekawa
It's a great investigation movie, a case relating the yakuza organization and the police force... Takeuchi Yuko's a great lead actress, very cute and smart, just awesome to watch, i understand now why she got cast and starred in some mystery investigation films. Although technically it's a feature movie and not really a movie tv special, it's connected (a continued part) to Himekawa Reiko franchise which starts with a tv mini series in 2012 Sutoroberî naito (2012) that's adapted from the novels of Lieutenant Himekawa series by Tetsuya Honda. Viewers can watch it as a stand-alone and follow/enjoy the story but in the beginning it's quite puzzling to identify the characters, i had to rewind/slow down certain scenes to understand it more, so many (police detective) characters aren't introduced as well, and it gives a rather difficulty to comprehend the character names, their position/status, the background, and the relationship which's definitely explored more in the preceding tv series. I just realized that some of Japanese films are like this, which's a continuation from the series. I believe for perfectionist viewers, these kinds of films just demand the full viewing of the tv series that precede them. It wouldn't feel as fully satisfying either just to know from the novel because you'd be wondering who these characters are.
For fans of Japanese mystery film, yeah this movie has a good investigation dilemma that makes it worth a watch.
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