MOVIES

Strawberry Night
Release date: January 26, 2013

Story

"One rainy night, Reiko Himekawa (Yuko Takeuchi), a police detective stationed at the Homicide of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, sits in a bar with Kazuo Kikuta (Hidetoshi Nishijima), who works under her. She receives a phone call from her superior, Imaizumi (Masahiro Takashima), who is in the hospital, telling her that a man has been found dead within the jurisdiction of the Nakano Higashi Police Department. The victim is Mitsuru Kobayashi (Nobuaki Kaneko), age 29, a member of Rokuryu-kai, which is a subsection of Jinyu-kai, an affiliate of the organized crime syndicate Ryuzaki-gumi. He has been stabbed numerous times all over his body and his left eye has been slashed vertically. His killing is judged to be associated to 2 prior murder cases that occurred in Mitaka and Narihirabashi, and a joint investigation between Mitaka and Narihirabashi Police Stations are set up at the headquarters in Nakano Higashi, where Himekawa's unit is stationed.

As Himekawa continues her investigations, she begins to doubt whether the three cases are really serial killings. She is also dubious of her superiors who seem to be holding on to their information regarding the case. Dissatisfied with the orders given to her by the Superintendent, Hashizume (Ikkei Watanabe), she places the members of her squad and Ioka under Kikuta's charge and begins to search independently. Eventually she hits on a certain case from 9 years ago, a heartbreaking incident that involved Kento Yanai's family.

Several days later, as Himekawa waits in the rain outside Yanai's apartment, she meets Makita (Takao Osawa), who introduces himself as Yanai's acquaintance. He hands her a name card that reads, ""Koichi Makita, Sales Division Manager, Seiryo Realtors."" But he is actually Isao Makita, the aide to the young leader of Ryuzaki-gumi and the leader of Kyokusei-kai, one of the suspects involved in the serial murders. Before long, Himekawa finds her life being thrown out of equilibrium because of this encounter with Makita.In the meantime, the labyrinthine series of incidents hidden under layers of deception shake up police authority, and the investigation moves in a completely unexpected direction."

Cast

Yuko Takeuchi
Hidetoshi Nishijima
Masahiro Takashima
Nobuaki Kaneko
Kenichi Endo
Katsuhisa Namase
Shota Sometani
Ikkei Watanabe
Takashi Ukaji
Ryuhei Maruyama
Takao Osawa