Crime or Punishment?!?

Film Intro
Crime or Punishment?!?
Film Info
Original Title: 
Tsumi toka batsu toka
Year of Production: 
Black Comedy
Running Time: 
110 mins
Original Language: 


Crime or Punishment?!?
Keralino Sandorovich
Keralino Sandorovich
Riko Narumi, Kumiko Aso, Sakura Ando, Yasunori Danda

Have you ever experienced a day when you are carrying on as usual just like the day before but
strange things keep happening one after another on that particular day? This is a slapstick
comedy, like Kafka’s novel, filled with incongruous nightmares and nonsensical laughter.
Script and direction by Keralino Sandorovich, the maestro of the Japanese theatre world. His
flippant Russian-style name is obviously a fake as he is genuinely Japanese. Being a big fan of the
great German writer, Kafka, he admits that this film has been influenced by Kafka’s ‘The Castle’
and ‘The Judgment’. He is also an enthusiast for slapstick comedy such as those by Marx brothers
and black comedy by Monty Python. He adores Woody Allen, and is renowned a master of
laughter himself. This is a third film he has directed, which is bustling with his surreal talent and
superb sense of humour.

Ayame is an unsuccessful girl celebrity, who happens to take on the PR role of a “police chief for a
day”. It is the job of a campaign girl to smile and act as a police chief for one day. It should have
been a simple job, however, the police station staff treat her like the real police chief and look to
her for instructions, which makes Ayame feel perplexed. In addition, she runs into her ex-boyfriend,
Haruki, who is now a detective at the station, which means her ex is her subordinate for the day.
Furthermore, Haruki holds a dreadful secret which was the cause for the couple’s separation. To
make matters worse, a major event takes place on that particular day, and the situation takes an
unexpected turn. Would Ayame be able to solve the case, and what is Haruki’s secret?

Joohoon Lee, Mato Obata, Hiroyuki Kitamaki, Chikako Nakabayashi
Koichi Takahashi
Production Designer: 
Kei Itutsuji
Production Company: 
Shipyard Company, Booster Project
Shinji Kugimiya
Fumio Yasuda
Hiroshi Tanabe
Mariko Honda
Costume Design: 
Atsuyuki Okada
DVD Info
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DVD Release Date: 
May 14th, 2012
DVD Specifications: 
Anamorphic widescreen with removable english-subtitles
DVD Bonus Features: 
45 minute 'Making of'; Segment from the original stage play from which the film was adapted; Theatrical trailer