It is known as Ren2 Zheng4 (Sorry IMDB does not allow me type Chinese or Japanese characters) in Chinese, a very famous 1977 Japanese movie imported to China in 1979. It was a phenomenon movie in both Japan and China. The song in the movie, Straw hat song. Almost all the Chinese people was familiar with the song since the movie was the first several movies imported into China when China started to open up to the world.
When I search the movie in IMDB, I could hardly believe the low score of 6.2, in my mind, the movie should score at 8+. The description only described first several minutes of the movie, and no review at all.
Here is the actual plot:
on the high-rise of the Royal Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, the annual Costume Design Awards exhibition is reaching its climax. Kyoko Yasugi, the wife of a Congressman, a famous fashion designer, attended the exhibition. At this time, it was reported that a black young man had died in the hotel elevator. According to the elevator attendant, the victim shouted "wheat straw hat, wheat straw straw hat" in English before he died. "Saijo Yaso"...How can black youth die here? Who is the murderer? The police launched a tense investigation.
The police dog sniffed the Valley Park near the Royal Hotel from the location of the victim's death. The police found a pool of blood and a straw hat in the grass, indicating that this was the real crime scene. A pair of young men who had a tryst in the park reported seeing the deceased in the park, and before that, a woman in a suit also left the park in a white Crown sedan. It was quickly found out from customs that the victim was Johnny Hayward (played by Joe Yamanaka, who himself is also of mixed blood, he's also a singer and sings the famous Straw hat song in the movie), who came to Japan from New York three days ago. The "Saijo Yaso Poems" and the straw hat he left behind were brought in from the United States when he entered the country.
After extensive searches, police learned that Johnny's father, Wilshere Hayward, had lived in Yokosuka, Japan, as a U. S. soldier stationed there after World War II, exactly the same period as the straw hat and the book of poetry. And the word "Casmi" left by the victim when he was dying was also found in a poem in the poetry collection, referring to a place called "Kiritsumi". So the police detective Munesue decided to go there to investigate. The local people said that the old lady Nakayama should know the story best, but when Munesue arrived at her house, someone had already taken the lead and murdered the old woman who knew the inside story. Munesue investigated some clues and learned that Nakayama opened a small hotel on the seaside of Hisanohama in Fukushima Prefecture that year and specialized in US troop's business. At that time, Yasugi Kyoko was also working in the store...
At this time, the son of the designer Kyoko Yasugi, Kyohei Kori, fled to New York after killing someone in a car accident. Detective Munesue followed the leads to New York. With the cooperation of the New York International Criminal Police, they also launched an investigation into the case of black young man Johnny. They found the home of a man named Adams based on the clues. He reported that a few months ago, when he was driving, an old black man suddenly jumped out on the road. He knocked him down before he could brake, and was blackmailed for $6000. The man's name was Wilshere Hayward, and the money was given to his son, Johnny Hayward, at his request. The police then deduced that Johnny's father had crashed into the car in order to get money to send his son to Japan. But why did the father have to send his son to Japan?
Kyohei Kori was shot and killed for resisting arrest. Munesue gets new clues and finds Johnny's father. Everything finally came to light: it turned out that Wilshere cohabited with Yasugi Kyoko when he was serving as a US soldier stationed in Japan after the war, and gave birth to his son Johnny. He took his son with him when the US troops withdrew from Japan. And Yasugi Kyoko soon married a small black market businessman Yohei Kori, concealed the past from him, and gave birth to Kyohei. Johnny grew up in the United States and was missing his mother, so Wilshere made a fortune for his son by crashing into a car and letting him come to Japan. At this time, Yohei became a powerful capitalist, and Yasugi Kyoko also became a well-known fashion designer. In order to protect his status and the family's reputation, Yasugi Kyoko killed his black son, Johnny, who came to find him. At the same time, in order to cover up her past, she killed the old woman who knew her past.
Just as the fashion design award ceremony was about to end, Munesue told Yasugi Kyoko that her son, Kyohei Kori, was shot dead. With both sons dead, Yasugi Kyoko collapsed. After coming out of the award ceremony, Yasugi Kyoko drove towards the mountains of Fuji. She threw the straw hat into the valley with all her strength, and jumped off the cliff herself. The straw hats were falling and falling in the valley, and Johnny's song about the straw hats sounded again in the valley...
Proof of the Man
Crime / Drama
Proof of the Man
Crime / Drama
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Jonny Hayward, a black American, travels to Japan, but is murdered there. Detective Munusue is one of the team of detectives investigating the killing. Munusue begins to suspect that rising fashion designer Kyoko Yasugi may have either information or actual involvement in the murder. When Yasugi's son Kyohei flees to America after a hit-and-run killing, Detective Munusue goes to New York and teams up uncomfortably with NYPD detective Ken Shuftan to find Kyohei and to get information from Jonny Hayward's father, who was stationed in Japan after the war. Munusue, whose father was beaten to death by American G.I.s when the detective was a boy, must confront his own vengeful antagonism to former U.S. soldiers in order to solve the case.
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January 07, 2023 at 07:25 PM