Watch: 愚行録 2016 123movies, Full Movie Online – Magazine reporter TANAKA is granted request to investigate a year old murder case gone cold, where a “perfect” family – a successful businessman, his beautiful wife and adorable child – were brutally murdered. Tanaka interviews acquaintances of the dead but gradually finds out that the family was not exactly ideal as believed, as stories of their true nature unfold. Equally disturbing are the interviewees themselves, each letting loose their own hidden nature. Meanwhile Tanaka himself is burdened when his younger sister Mitsuko is arrested for child abuse. GUKOROKU is a haunting and intense tale of the demons we face every day – inside and out..
Plot: Tanaka is going through a tough time trying to support his younger sister Mitsuko, recently arrested and hold up in jail. As an investigative reporter, he immerses himself into a story about a shocking murder case gone cold; a family was brutally murdered a year ago and the case remains unsolved.
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Disturbing, engaging, a tad overlong
“Gukôroku” (or “Traces of Sin” in its English title) is a highly entertaining movie, with an incredible atmosphere, great pace and some food for thought that only falters a little bit in the end because of a tad overlong running time.
Satoshi Tsumabuki plays Tanaka, a journalist that decides to poke his nose in the old case of the murder of a family. His boss, knowing of his family situation (his sister is detained because of neglecting the care of her baby) decides to let him tackle the old case. Tanaka goes around meeting old friends from the family, like co-workers or university friends, little by little discovering a world of darkness, selfishness and an overall ugly image of a shallow and competitive culture. Tsumabuki does a great job in keeping his Tanaka a detached, curious viewer of the stories that unfold around him, his character just the medium that connects the viewer with the story. Everyone else does also a great job in creating characters that will make the viewer squirm and writhe in disgust, sadness or fear. The direction helps, keeping things simple and clear.
The tone of the movie is great, even though it is a little bit uneven in the time jumps and the moments it turns to Tanaka’s relationship with his sister. The music and dark palette intensify the dread and dark tone of the movie. And when the twists appear, because there are a couple of them, they add to the movie (even if one or two are not particularly surprising).
“Gukôroku” is a great movie. Just be ready for a descent into human darkness.
Traces of Quality
Tanaka (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is a journalist, somewhat docile, but keen to re-open an old wound of a near-year-old murder case of a young family butchered in their home. With his sister, Mitsuko (Hikari Mitsushima), recently arrested for child-neglect – her three year-old daughter found malnourished – Tanaka’s boss allows him to pursue his personal interest in the story to take his mind off his own personal problems. Though Tanaka’s problems are even greater than his persona lets on.
After the scenario is established, the film splits into two separate story arks: Arranging meetings with people connected to the murdered couple, Tanaka conducts a series of interviews with various former university friends and acquaintances; while Mitsuko has numerous sessions with a psychiatrist to establish her mental state.
Adapted from Tokuro Nukui’s novel of the same name (which I, of course, haven’t read), “Gukoroku” originally used Akutagawa-style “In A Grove” confessionals from each of those interviewed, with director Kei Ishikawa and Mukai choosing to add in a lawyer who accompanies Tanaka and the psychiatrist character to give the testimonies more of a rounded story fitting for a film.
The film, therefore, has a lot going on, with the various monologues of the individuals acted out, each recalling different past memories. This leaves a lot of characters and scenarios, with stories within stories, creating quite a complex narrative for the audience to follow, particularly with two separate story arks that gradually merge together. What starts as a murder mystery, gradually becomes a tale of Tanaka and Mitsuko’s troubled upbringing, as well as an [**SPOILER ALERT**] incest sideline.
It’s fair to say “Gukoroku” is a bleak film. None of the confessions look back on the past with fondness, but more recollections of individuals that caused them troubles earlier in their lives. Adultery, social deceptions, peer pressure, failed relations and, you heard, incest all feature. The tricky subject matter is handled fairly well, though perhaps not offering any revelations that haven’t come before.
The cinematography from Polish Piotr Niemyjski is solid throughout, with Mitsuko’s struggles in prison effectively showing her inner-torment. The soundtrack is also strong in what is a solid film without ever getting too close to “excellent” territory. It is interesting to see the Office Kitano ident before a film again…
Original Language ja
Runtime 2 hr (120 min)
Genre Drama, Mystery
Director Kei Ishikawa
Writer Tokurô Nukui, Kôsuke Mukai
Actors Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hikari Mitsushima, Keisuke Koide
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Red Epic Dragon, Cooke Anamorphic/i and Zeiss Super Speed Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Redcode RAW (6K)
Cinematographic Process /i Scope (anamorphic) (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Redcode RAW (6K) (source format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema