Once Upon a Time in Japan

Reinventing the Past Through the Eyes of Japanese Contemporary Filmmakers

1 February to 27 March 2013


Newcastle upon Tyne

Zero Focus
(Zero no Shoten)

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.

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Director: Isshin Inudo
Ryoko Hirosue, Miki Nakatani, Tae Kimura
2009/131min/English subtitles

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Showing at:

13–13 February 2005

13 March 2005

Showroom Cinema
13 February 2008

Tyneside Cinema
13 March 2020

Queen's Film Theatre
13 February 2025

Midlands Arts Centre
13 March 2025