Inju: The Beast in the Shadow (2008)

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Inju: The Beast in the Shadow (2008)
Inju, la bête dans l'ombre (original title)

The writer and college professor, Alexandre Fayard, researches and gives lectures about the gruesome literary work of the mysterious Japanese writer Shundei Oe, considered by him to be the master of manipulation. In his underground detective novels, evil always prevails and Shundei Oe has never allowed anyone to see his face. His only image available is a frightening picture on the back of his best-sellers. Alex travels to Kyoto to promote his successful detective story that follows the same style of the Shundei Oe but with a positive message instead. He meets with his publisher, Ken Honda, from the publishing house Hakubunkan. While in an interview in a TV show, Alex receives a phone call from Shundei Oe that advises him to return to Paris, and Alex believes it is a marketing strategy of Ken. Then Alex and Ken go to a tea house where he meets the Masochist geisha Tamao, and Alex has a crush on her. Tamao discloses to Alex that she knows Shundei Oe and his real name is Hichiro Irata; ...
France
Japan
IMDb  5.4 /10
Creators
Director Barbet Schroeder
Writer Rampo Edogawa
Writer Jean-Armand Bougrelle
Writer Frédérique Henri
Writer Barbet Schroeder
Writer Eitan Arrusi
Writer Franck Ribière
Information
Release Date2008-09-03
Runtime1h 45mins
GenreMystery, Thriller
Content Rating
Awards1 nomination.
CompanyCross Media, La Fabrique de Films, SBS Films
CountryFrance, Japan
LanguageFrench, Japanese, English
Inspecteur Fuji
L'agent d'Alex Fayard
Yuna Abe
Yuna Abe
Geiko
Shinpei Asanuma
Shinpei Asanuma
Editeur
Japanese Pimp
Guillaume Binggeli
Guillaume Binggeli
Etudiant Sorbonne
Jun Era
Jun Era
Chauffeur de taxi
Patronne de la maison de thé
Yoriko Fujisaki
Yoriko Fujisaki
Geiko
Toyama - the interpreter
Tomonobu Fukui
Tomonobu Fukui
Kana Harada
Kana Harada
Jeune Maiko
Erika Hirai
Erika Hirai
Geiko

Inju: The Beast in the Shadow

Inju: The Beast in the Shadow (French: Inju, la bête dans l'ombre) is a 2008 film by Barbet Schroeder. The film stars Benoît Magimel and Lika Minamoto and was filmed on location in Tokyo.

The film is based on a 1928 novel by Japanese writer Edogawa Rampo. The novel has been published in English by Kurodahan Press under the title Beast in the Shadows in a dual edition with The Black Lizard.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August 2008, followed by the Toronto International Film Festival in September, 2008. The film was released in France on September 3, 2008.


Plot

The writer and college professor, Alexandre Fayard, researches and gives lectures about the gruesome literary work of the mysterious Japanese writer Shundei Oe, considered by him to be the master of manipulation. In his underground detective novels, evil always prevails and Shundei Oe has never allowed anyone to see his face. His only image available is a frightening picture on the back of his best-sellers.

Alex travels to Kyoto to promote his successful detective story, that follows the same style of the Shundei Oe, but with a positive message instead. He meets with his publisher, Ken Honda, from the publishing house Hakubunkan, and a geisha who knew the writer. After these finds in his investigation, Alex becomes more determined to find the mysterious writer.


Critical response

Critical reaction to the film after its Venice premiere was mostly negative. Geoffrey Macnab wrote:

Inju, the Beast in the Shadow is a bold but arguably misguided affair....t is pitched somewhere between a B-thriller and Nagisa Oshima's In the Realm of the Senses. Corny plot twists, transgressive sex and self-reflexive asides about cinema sit side by side. Many in Venice found it preposterous and it was given a rough ride by the volatile Italian press.