Onna Keiji Riko 2: Seibo No Shinki-en (1998)

Genres - Thriller  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Bhob Stewart

Satoshi Isaka directed this Japanese police procedural, the second in a series based on Yoshiki Shibata's novels about lesbian policewoman Riko. However, as adapted to film, Riko (Ryoko Takizawa) is seen to be very much heterosexual (evident in a bedroom scene with her lover). Riko is pregnant when she leads the film's opening drug bust. Flash forward to a time when Riko has been transferred to a more tranquil and serene neighborhood. Riko's son (by a dead policeman) is three years old, and she is now involved with a married man, also a cop. A dedicated detective, the intuitive Riko is attempting to solve a case of a woman found dead in a hotel room. In the park on her day off, Riko is with her son when she meets a troubled woman who talks about her own child in the hospital. After a suspect in the murder is found to be the husband of the woman in the park, Riko is put on the trail of an unsolved child kidnapping, a case once handled by the well-respected Aso (Toshiya Nagasawa), a detective now retired. Together, the methodical and persistent Riko and the guru-like Aso look for linkages in the labyrinth of evidence. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival.