Bosatsu: Shimoyama Jiken (1982)

Genres - Drama, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Docudrama, Political Drama  |   Run Time - 132 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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Released outside of Japan as Willful Murder, this is based on an actual 1948 case involving the mysterious death of a government official. The president of the Japanese railroads is found dead during a period in which train service is plagued by numerous layoffs, strikes and shutdowns. The government says that the president was murdered; the police claim it was a suicide. A quizzical reporter follows the case for years, but the basic question remains unanswered: was the victim killed by members of the burgeoning Communist movement in Japan, or was the death stage-managed by the authorities in hopes of discrediting the Communists?

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government, investigation, Japanese [nationality], murder, reporter, suicide, Communist-party