4.5 Beautiful cinematography, a great story about a murder with only a few clues and a very powerful and musical finale. I loved every minute of it. It is one of those films that carefully builds tension through every little clue that is found and followed. I was totally immersed in the work of the two detectives and the stories that unfolded. Exciting and great to watch!
I've read complaints about the "overly melodramatic" last 40-minutes, but I found it incredibly powerful and moving. The creation of the strong bond between father and son is palpable. Set to the concerto, it is great almost silent filmmaking, with outstanding cinematography. My second Nomura film and I can't wait to see more. Ranks very highly in favorites of the 1970s.
Huge box-office hit in Japan. Police procedural movie. I liked the opposition City/Countryside and above all the last half hour describing the destiny of the murderer with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in background. Of course, one may be a little surprised by the numerous coincidences that allow the detectives to go on with their investigation. Recommended.