When a desperate journalist reopens an unsolved murder case in Gukoroku – Traces of Sin, he exposes a violent world of cutthroat elitism behind the smiling facade of Japanese society. First-time director Kei Ishikawa’s enthralling adaptation of Tokuro Nukui’s notoriously complex novel is by turns a grisly whodunit and scathing takedown of the respectable middle-classes.
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