[Review] Murder on the Orient Express - Orient Kyuukou Satsujin Jiken オリエント急行殺人事件
From the pen of Agatha Christie's the Japanese transposition of one of her most famous novels that has found more transpositions on the big screen. We see this Japanese adaptation of the work, with great actors and investigative paths that make it really interesting. For those who don't know Agatha Christie's, and I hope there are few of you, she was a great she was a British writer and playwright with several works focused on the yellow / investigative strand to her credit.
An icon of the genre but to say of literature in general known all over the world for his works and for his now iconic characters such as detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. I leave you at the end of the page some of the most famous of the author's works that you can recover.
The film we are talking about today was released in Japan in January 2005 produced by Fuji Television, and given the duration of 4 hours and 40 minutes it was divided into 2 parts. Orient Kyuukou Satsujin Jiken オリエント急行殺人事件 sees in its cast many important characters of Japanese cinema and theater:
In 1933, the eccentric and detective, Suguro Takeru (counterpart of the famous Hercule Poirot), boards the Special Orient Express luxury train traveling from Shimonoseki to Tokyo. Despite being fully booked at an unlikely time of year, Suguro is able to take advantage of a private first class compartment. On board there are men and women from all walks of life, and during the journey we witness scenes of normal coexistence and interaction between the characters. But the train gets stuck in the middle of nowhere due to a snow avalanche. Not only that, a murder occurs during the night and who but our detective can find the culprit? Obviously I won't go into details so as not to spoil the film, which I highly recommend, as well as recommend reading the book.
I found this all-Japanese adaptation very pleasant and interesting, the presence of important figures, even for marginal roles, made them tantalizing. The story is already particular in itself, it takes you for the dynamics of the murder but above all in the explanation of how and why this happened.
A couple of years later another film will be released, this time Anglo / American "Murder on the Orient Express" directed and starring Kenneth Branagh which I recommend you catch up on that too.
It might seem strange to some, but those who are accustomed to following Japanese films and dramas will find this mini-series (divided up because otherwise a single film would have been too long) very enjoyable also and above all for the presence of bigwigs among the actors and the actresses of the Rising Sun.
A pleasant, interesting film that deserves watching, I'm sure many of you will like it, albeit particular in its transposition. Have you seen it? If yes, let us know your opinion.