A strange murder mystery tale about a lady who asks a forgery artist (Hiroyuki Sanada) to forge a series of rare bondage / torture paintings for her. Upon discovering that the client was actually the original model in those paintings, he murders her.
The first half of the film focuses on all of the main characters, including the buildup to the crime. There is not much mystery here as they clearly show how, when & where the crime was committed. Then the movie goes on with how the investigation takes place – led by Kogoro Akechi (which by the way, happens to be Japan’s most recognized ’super detective’ on par with Sherlock Holmes). This ends up taking away almost all of the plot twists and suspense in the film.
There is also a lot of erotic bondage and nudity in this film, making it borderline pinku. However, the bondage scenes are mostly quite short, used instead to depict the strange offbeat feel to the film. It also featured a soundtrack of discordant tunes meant to heighten the atmosphere of mystery, but which ended up getting on my nerves instead. Despite the interesting premise, I found this more than a little tedious to sit through.
Subtitle: English (srt)