Part of the 2013 season: Once Upon a Time in Japan

Zero Focus

Zero no Shoten

Director Isshin Inudo

Cast Ryoko Hirosue, Miki Nakatani, Tae Kimura

2009/131min/English subtitles

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Teiko embarks on a journey to discover the dark truth of her husband’s disappearance in this adaptation of the celebrated crime novel.

Showing at: ICA, London; Showroom Workstation, Sheffield; mac birmingham, Birmingham; Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast; Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Director Isshin Inudo will attend screening of Zero Focus at ICA (3 and 5 February) and Showroom (8 February)

Teiko (Ryoko Hirosue) has her life thrown into turmoil when her newly wed husband of only a week leaves on a business trip and never returns. Brought together by an arranged marriage and knowing little of her husband’s past, Teiko embarks on a journey to discover the dark truth of her husband’s sudden disappearance. Uncovering evidence to suggest her husband was not who she had thought, Teiko learns that her husband was close to two women: elegant aristocrat Sachiko (Miki Nakatani) and receptionist Hisako (Tae Kimura); two mysterious women who may know more than they protest.

Isshin Inudo’s gripping Hitchcockian murder-mystery set in the beautiful location of post war Kanazawa features an all-star female cast in an adaptation of the celebrated crime novel by Seicho Matsumoto and revival of the classic 1961 Yoshitaro Nomura film.

Screening dates

Past screenings

  • ICA Thursday 13 February, 17:00
  • ICA Sunday 13 February, 18:10
  • Filmhouse Sunday 13 March, 20:30
  • Showroom Cinema Wednesday 13 February, 17:30
  • Friday 13 March, 17:45