Castle of Sand

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Castle of Sand
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Castle of Sand - Original Japanese Poster Art
Directed by Yoshitarō Nomura
Written by Seicho Matsumoto (novel)
Yoshitaro Nomura
Shinobu Hashimoto
Yōji Yamada
Produced byShinobu Hashimoto
Yoshihara Mishima
Masayuki Sato
Starring Tetsuro Tamba
Go Kato
Kensaku Morita
Yoko Shimada
Karin Yamaguchi
Shin Saburi
Ken Ogata
Kiyoshi Atsumi
Cinematography Takashi Kawamata
Music by Mitsuaki Kanno
Kosuke Sugano
Distributed by Shochiku
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. [1] [2]



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. [3]



Television production 1977

In 1977, the movie was remade as a 6 episode mini-series [6] for FUJI TV directed by Takuji Tominaga. [7]

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