Kiri-no-hata (1979)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Kinzo Otuka (Rentaro Mikuni) is a defense lawyer who refuses the request of Kiriko (Momoe Yamaguchi) to defend her brother after he is falsely accused of murder. When her brother commits suicide, Kiriko is convinced that Kinzo could have saved her sibling. She seeks vengeance by planting evidence against Kinzo's mistress Michiko (Akiko Koyama) and lies to the police to set her up on a murder rap. Tomokazu Miura plays the investigative reporter who falls for Kiriko and proposes marriage. Kinzo professes profound regret for not helping Kiriko and berates himself for only taking the cases of those who can afford his services.