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Director: Shinji Aoyama
Scriptwriter: Shinji Aoyama, Keigo Higashino
Cinematography: Masaki Tamura
Music: Hiroyuki Nagashima
Distribution: Rumble Fish Inc.
Cast: Koji Yakusho, Akira Emoto, Etsushi Toyokawa, Hiroko Yakushima

Shinji Aoyama

selected filmography:

Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachthani? (2005)

Lakeside Murder Case (2004)

Mike Yokohama - A Forest With No Name (2002)

Desert Moon (2001)

Eureka (2000)

Shady Groove (1999)

Chinpira (1996

Lakeside Murder Case

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Japan | 2004 | 35mm | 118 Min. | OmeU

"I Killed Her!"

A wife confesses to her husband that she has killed his lover. Her husband then sinks his lover's corpse into the lake in the middle of the night.

This film resembles the horror of THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE (1991).

Three families are staying at a lakeside cottage. Their children are expecting to take exam for an exclusive private junior high school. What happened to three families gathered together for their children's "Juken".
"Juken" means to take a school entrance examination. Having an excellent educational background is a ticket for a success of life in Japan. Once you have graduated from a highly ranked school, your way is paved to become an executive of a large company or government official. In Japanese Society, obtaining a successful life by entering a highly ranked school is a common dream. Many parents desire for their children to succeed this way and work very hard with their children as a team to help them enter a good school.

Many students aiming to enroll in private elementary and junior high school go to specialized schools to learn the techniques for taking entrance examinations. There is also an interview process to get into a good school where parents have to explain, in a five minute interview, why it is important for their child to be enrolled in their school. They take lessons from teachers specialized in preparation for this interview.

Many parents and children endure these procedures for "Juken" in order to secure a successful future.
This peculiar aspect of Japanese culture is expressed in the film.

(official synopsis)

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